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The Herring Migration Series - Episode 3: The Mystic Herring Run

 

THE RIVER HERRING MIGRATION SERIES
MYSTIC HERRING RUN

STATUS: PENDING RELEASE
GENRE: DOCUMENTARY

DURATION: 01h:02m:40s

SERIES DURATION: 06h:25m:46s

MAIN SOUNDTRACK: ENGLISH, STEREO

ASPECT RATIO: 16:9

AVAILABLE FORMATS: DVD-9x2, CDx1

FILMING LOCATIONS: MASSACHUSETTS - UNITED STATES

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ABOUT THE SERIES

The River Herring Migration series is a 5 part, 6 hour independent production by Illuminating Minds Media, focused on the natural history, latest science and conservation issues surrounding the River Herring. Three years in the making and spanning across tens of river systems across Massachusetts and Maine, the series weight of content draws on extensive filming in the field,  the expertise of over 30 scientists, naturalists, activists and herring experts  as well as the latest in the scientific literature for producing a timely investigation into the state of River Herring across the Eastern Atlantic.

STORYLINE

 

A panel of scientists and activists including Native Americans analyze the historic return of River Herring from biological and public relations standpoint within a highly urbanized Mystic Watershed. Many of the problems and solutions discussed  in part 1 and 2 of  "A Complicated Path" are further explored in the backdrop of a highly impacted watershed, mirroring much of the waterways up and down the East Atlantic Coast.

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INTRODUCTION

An introduction to the heavily industrialized river and history of the herring migration in the Mystic watershed. Native Americans and scientists reflect on the human interactions with the herrings from a distant past to the present times.

 

THE JOURNEY OF THE FISH

Upon arrival in the Boston Harbor, River Herrings split into three watersheds; Mystic River, Neponset River and Charles River. The first leg of their trip are examined as they approach the Amelia Earhart dam.

 

MALDEN RIVER

A tributary to the Mystic River, the highly degraded Malden River is laden with  toxins and pollutants at concentrations that are lethal to most organisms. Scientists examine the impact of degraded watershed conditions on the development and survival of the River Herring’s larvae.

 

ALEWIFE BROOK

As River Herrings continue their journey beyond the Malden River, they are faced with a multitude of predatory fish and avian species. They will face increasingly clogged waterways that are choked by tens of invasive plants. Their ascent will eventually bring them toward another degraded stream named Alewife Brook that harbors very low dissolved oxygen levels, lethal to most organisms.

 

LOWER MYSTIC LAKES

As fish arrive into the Lower Mystic Lakes, a sizable portion of the species will spawn along the shorelines. The rest continue their journey beyond the previously impassable dam, thanks to the installation of a fish ladder in 2012, opening access to the vast habitats of the Upper Mystic Lakes for the first time since the American Civil war.

 

A NATURAL HISTORY

Differences between and among herring species and a brief overview of their natural history are examined.  Age and species of herrings collected from the Mystic Lakes are examined by the Division of Marine Fisheries Age and Growth Lab.

 

THE MYSTIC PARADOX

Debunking of the common misconceptions about the Mystic River as being uniformly degraded across all geographic regions at all times.

 

THE TROUBLES

Engineering faults at the dam near the fish ladder as well as degraded regions of the Upper Mystic Lakes are examined.

 

EUTROPHICATION

The impact of the overload of nutrients and their sources are examined including the watershed's struggle with runoff from CSO (Combined Sewage Outflows) and SSO (Sanitary Sewage Outflows) during major rain events.

 

THE FUTURE

Unanswered questions about the interactions of fish with the watershed’s variable water quality followed by the promise of the ongoing outreach and public awareness campaign by the Mystic River Watershed Association.

 

 

RESEARCHED, PRODUCED, DIRECTED, SHOT AND EDITED BY: SHERVIN AZAD ARYA

SERIES COMPOSER AND MUSIC PRODUCER : CHRISTOPHER RENNA - CHROMATOPHONE PRODUCTIONS

EXECUTIVE AND SERIES PRODUCER: SHERVIN AZAD ARYA

MOTION GRAPHICS, ANIMATIONS, SCORING DIRECTOR, SOUND DESIGN AND AUDIO MIX: SHERVIN AZAD ARYA

ADDITIONAL FOOTAGE: CHRISTOPHER RENNA

SUPPLEMENTARY ANIMATIONS: NASA IMAGERY | SCIENTIFIC VISUALIZATION STUDIO

AERIAL MAPS: GOOGLE EARTH |  BING

SPECIALIZED FILMING SYSTEMS ENGINEER: MARC DAVIDSON | MYSTIC MOTION CONTROL

HONORARY PRODUCERS: ED LOFGREN | MYSTIC RIVER WATERSHED ASSOCIATION

 

PANEL OF INTERVIEWEES:​ MICHAEL ARMSTRONG | BRADFORD CHASE | SCOTT DOWD | SCOTT ELZEY | PATRICK HERRON | LESLIE KAUFMAN | EKONGKAR SINGH KHALSA | JAKE KRITZER | MICHAEL FAGER  | NATE GRAY | MEGHNA MARJADI | JOHN SHEPPARD | PHILIP WYNNE

 

SCIENTIFIC ADVISORS: DAVID REMSEN | STEPHEN JACKSON | THEODORE WILLIS

 

ADDITIONAL CONTRIBUTORS: JACKIE ANDERSON | JAMIE COURNANE | TERI FRADY | PATRICK JOHNSON | BETH MESERVE MACBLANE | SARAH MACDONALD | IAIN MACLEOD | ROBERT NESSON | KRISTY OWEN | JEFF MOSCHELLA | JOHN REINHARDT | MICHAEL RIPPLE | MINKA VANBEUZEKOM | REGGIE ZIMMERMAN

 

ILLUMINATING MINDS MEDIA WISHES TO THANK:  3A Marine Service, Inc. | Alewife Harvesters of Maine | Bass Pro Shops -​ Foxborough, Massachusetts | Biology Department - The Boston University | Biology Department - The​ University of Maryland | Biology Department - The University of Massachusetts in Boston | Biology Department - The Tufts University​ | Bureau of Sea-Run Fisheries and Habitat ​-​ The Maine Department of Marine Resources | Damariscotta Mills Fish Ladder Restoration | Deerfield River Watershed Association | Environmental Defense Fund | Edenton National Fish Hatchery | Environmental Science Department - The​ University of Southern Maine | Ichthyology Department - T​he Harvard University​ | Jones River Watershed Association | Mass Audubon | Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole, Massachusetts | Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) | Maine State Aquarium​ | Marine Unit at the Everett Police Department Massachusetts | Museum of Science in Boston​ | Mystic River Watershed Association | National Marine Fisheries Service at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)​ | New England Aquarium | New England Wildlife Center | North and South Rivers Watershed Association | US Fish and Wildlife Service | Wampanoag Native American Homesite - T​he Plimoth Plantation | Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)

 

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