Salmon, people to run in the name of fish migration
EAST MACHIAS, Maine (AP) — Residents of Downeast Maine are getting ready to celebrate spring fish migration with a run of their own, and a chance to gorge on smoked fish.
The 5th Annual Smolt Bolt and Bloater Bash is taking place in East Machias on May 20. The event's a celebration of two kinds of fish — one for its migration to sea, and another for its status as a traditional Maine snack.
The road race celebrates the migration of young Atlantic salmon, called smolts, from freshwater to the ocean. It ends at the "Bloater Bash," where participants will dine on whole smoked alewife herring, called "bloaters."
Alewives spawn in rivers in spring, like salmon do. The event is promoted by the Downeast Salmon Federation, which says it is a celebration of fish conservation.