Northeast Historic Film:
Alewives were once widely eaten, but are now mostly used as lobster bait. Known as sawbelly, wall-eyed herring, big-eyed herring, spring herring, ellwife, buckie, and cat-thrasher, they were smoked or pickled to be eaten throughout the year, long after their May spawning runs. Buy an entire DVD about Alewives at oldfilm.org: bit.ly/zUg7ZT

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