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Can We Bring Back River Herring? One Town is Ready to Try

Almost every town in Massachusetts has a Herring River or a Herring Pond. The migration of river herring from sea to coastal streams and ponds once marked an important rite of spring for New Englanders. For centuries, the small, oily fish were valued as both bait and an important food source. But today, taking river herring is illegal in Massachusetts because populations are so low. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay learns about what led one Cape Cod town to dike its Herring...
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WCAI's Brian Morris hosts a discussion of the week's top stories with several local journalists, including reporter Sean Driscoll from the Cape Cod Times; Tim Wood, editor of the Cape Cod Chronicle; Sally Rose, editor of the Provincetown Banner; Jim DeArruda, editorial page editor of the New Bedford Standard-Times; and Nelson Sigelman, editor of the Martha's Vineyard Times.

Nantucket Chamber of Commerce

Nantucket's Daffodil Festival Weekend has finally arrived (mid-February we were having doubts about the feasibility of spring). Just how many daffs will adorn the island for this 41st annual event? More than 3 million, according to the Nantucket Chamber of Commerce. With 10,000 visitors expected, that means about 300 daffodils per person - with plenty leftover of course for the dogs, the old time cars, and the lighthouse. More info on Festival events is here.

Philip Hoare

The relationship between humans and cetaceans has long been something of a paradox. We are drawn to their mystery and intelligence, in awe of their size and grace, yet we hunted many whales to near extinction, and use dolphins for military maneuvers and entertainment. Philip Hoare has been exploring the human interaction with cetaceans for the better part of his life.

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On The Point, we discuss the work of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom also known as WILPF. It's mission envisions a transformed world at peace, where there is racial, social, and economic justice for all people everywhere, and human societies are designed and organized for sustainable existence. Now celebrating its centennial, five of the organizations past national presidents are from Cape Cod.

Wellfleet Historical Society

Almost every town in Massachusetts has a Herring River or a Herring Pond. The migration of river herring from sea to coastal streams and ponds once marked an important rite of spring for New Englanders. For centuries, the small, oily fish were valued as both bait and an important food source. But today, taking river herring is illegal in Massachusetts because populations are so low.

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It’s not very often that members of a community bid farewell to a tree. But recently, about 40 Woods Hole residents gathered to say goodbye to one of the much-loved Copper Beech trees along Challenger Drive. The tree is about 150 years old, and its branches have begun falling off, posing a danger to passing motorists and walkers. The stately old beech sits among buildings owned by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. The ceremony was organized by the institution, and was called “A Celebration of Life.”


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British adventurer Sarah Outen set out to transverse the globe using only human power, in April 2011. Her mode of transportation would be limited to an ocean rowing boat, a bike and a kayak. She expected the trip to take 2 and a half years, but various weather events intervened, and 4 years later she’s about to embark on the final leg of her trip: rowing from Chatham to England. 

In honor of Earth Day, our theme on The Point is sustainability. A new film series titled Sustainable Vineyard is highlighting people and organizations on Martha’s Vineyard working towards a sustainable environment. Filmmaker Liz Witham joins Mindy Todd by phone. 

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Spring is here; it's time to sit down with Horticulturist Roberta Clark to talk about the garden. This month features the awakening of the plants, and plenty of garden chores to enjoy. We hear from listeners with various questions about plants.

Dan Tritle

WCAI News Director Sean Corcoran and local journalists review the top regional news stories of the week. Sean's guests this week include George Brennan, reporter at The Cape Cod Times; Cape Cod Chronicle editor Tim Wood; Sally Rose, editor of the Provincetown Banner; Josh Balling of the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror; New Bedford Standard-Times editorial page editor Jim DeArruda; and Nelson Sigelman, editor of the Martha's Vineyard Times.

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