The April 10, 2003 issue of Shorelines contains two articles on alewives. These small fish typically return to Westport in the Spring, and are of interest to humans (for bait) and birds (for food). Because of pollution in the rivers they have been long absent, but are now returning to spawn. They are to be counted at the fish ladder at Adamsville Pond, from which they cannot be taken till further notice. Further down the river, on River Rd., there is a sign proclaiming