Take a walk along the Peconic River and be sure to check out these two steel fish sculptures, unveiled in Grangebel park last week to commemorate “World Fish Migration Day”.
The sculptures, made by Long Island Aquarium exhibit artist Eli Fishman, are part of a newly renovated fish ladder that replaced a manmade dam that previously prevented the annual migration. The fish passage enables River Herring and American Eels to swim upstream and spawn, opening 24 acres of habitat over 1 1/2 miles of Peconic River.
The town received a total of $750,00 in grants (state, federal and others) to restore the historic fish habitat in the Peconic River. American eel populations have experienced drastic declines in recent years, according to the town, and habitat expansion rebuilds the species, as well as the animals in the food chain associated with the fish.