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    they support The Herring Alliance works to protect marine wildlife and ecosystems on the Atlantic coast Join our efforts Subscribe to RSS Latest News Court Order Requires Protection for River Herring and Shad Herring Alliance partner Earthjustice successfully litigated and won new protections for river herring and shad In a recent court order a federal judge ordered the Mid Atlantic Fishery Management Council to develop a comprehensive analysis for how to conserve these species which must be completed by October 2016 The New England Fishery Management Council has stated that they plan to revisit the issue of adding river herring and shad into the herring management plan in several years The positive outcome of the lawsuit will hopefully push the New England Council to protect river herring and shad by developing a similar set of robust analyses on these species More details can be found in the the Earthjustice blog post on the court s decision which is reposted below Read more Council Makes a Wrong Move for River Herring The New England Fishery Management Council has again shown that they are unwilling to protect river herring and shad at sea Last week at their meeting in Plymouth Massachusetts the Council voted to increase the amount of river herring and shad that can be caught by the herring fleet even though the current caps have not even been in place for one year and no science was presented suggesting that these populations have recovered This is the wrong move It is a slap in the face to all the people who work tirelessly to improve habitat and water quality in the hope that these fish will return to New England s rivers and streams and to the recreational fishermen who have respected state bans on catch for over a decade

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  • About Our Work | General Content
    forage species that are found off the Atlantic coast are seriously depleted For others there is not enough information to determine population status leaving no sound basis for science based management Current catch limits for commercially valuable prey species like Atlantic herring and mackerel do not leave enough of these fish in the ocean for their predators to eat Many of the Atlantic s ocean predators are still depleted or struggling to recover like cod and whales and their need for abundant food should be considered when setting fishing limits for their prey To establish resilient marine ecosystems it is also necessary to reduce fishing for forage species in particular places in the ocean and during key times of the year These kinds of considerations are fundamental to a new approach known as ecosystem based fisheries management making decisions about fishing that consider interactions among species in an ecosystem and habitat needs Ocean predators are also vulnerable to accidental capture injury and death in fishing nets because they feed on the same schools of fish that vessels target For example in the industrial Atlantic herring fishery federal fishery observers have documented fishing related deaths of protected whales and dolphins and hundreds of thousands of pounds of groundfish These casualties are known as bycatch Bycatch is also a problem for depleted river herring and shad populations These coastal fish spend part of their lives at sea and return annually to rivers to spawn forming an important connection between rivers and the ocean River herring are federally designated as Species of Concern and there is increasing conservation concern about shad on the Atlantic coast These forage fish are often accidentally caught when they school with Atlantic herring and mackerel at sea River herring and shad are in need of federal conservation and

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  • Alliance Members | General Content
    Trout Unlimited The Herring Ponds Watershed Association Ipswich River Watershed Association Jones River Watershed Association Lowell Parks Conservation Trust Massachusetts Baykeeper Merrimack River Watershed Council Mystic River Watershed Association Neponset River Watershed Association New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance North and South Rivers Watershed Association Ocean River Institute Parker River Clean Water Association Red Lily Pond Project Association Inc Watershed Action Alliance of Southeastern Massachusetts New Hampshire Citizens For a Future New Hampshire Environment New Hampshire New Hampshire Animal Rights League Seacoast Science Center New Jersey Environment New Jersey Great Egg Harbor National Scenic and Recreational River Council Hackensack Riverkeeper Hudson River Fishermen s Association NY NJ Baykeeper New York Concerned Citizens of Montauk Environment New York Friends of the Bay Friends of the Upper Delaware River Gateway Striper Club Gotham Whale Huntington Oyster Bay Audubon Society Long Island Chapter of Trout Unlimited Natural Resources Defense Council North Fork Environmental Council Operation SPLASH Peconic Baykeeper Riverkeeper The Safina Center Seatuck Environmental Association Shark Angels North Carolina Cape Fear River Watch Inc Environment North Carolina Neuse Riverkeeper Foundation Pamlico Tar River Foundation Spruill Farm Conservation Project Waterkeepers Carolina Pennsylvania Delaware River Fishermen s Association Delaware River Shad Fishermen s Association Friends of

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  • Latest News
    in the spring Read more Shad A Revolutionary Comeback on Friday 06 June 2014 11 45 A nice piece was published in Chesapeake Bay Foundation s Save the Bay Magazine which describes the history of shad fishing and the ups and downs of the species The population has seen improvements in some rivers but being caught as bycatch in offshore industrial fisheries is still having an impact Herring Alliance in Eating Well magazine on Thursday 13 March 2014 11 32 The current issue of Eating Well magazine features the Herring Alliance s Greg Wells in an article about river herring and the Atlantic herring fishery Wells explained how the industry s vessels to often scoop up river herring complicating the effort to restore their depleted populations Check it out here or pick up a copy We Can Restore River Herring But the Mid Atlantic Council and NOAA Fisheries need to step up on Thursday 29 August 2013 15 10 By Capt John McMurray Originally published on Reel Time com August 26 2013 If you ve been lucky enough to be there when river herring bluebacks or alewives clash with striped bass you know why we call them striper candy It s a big bait that attracts big fish and makes them act really stupid Of course not only striped bass but bluefin yellowfin cod bluefish weakfish and dozens of other predators go nuts over river herring At least they used to Read more Dwindling Baitfish Stocks Worry Fishermen and Regulators on Wednesday 10 July 2013 13 35 Cape and Islands NPR July 10 2013 When it comes to commercial fishing the little fish are just as important as the big ones It s the baitfish smaller species like river herring and Atlantic herring that support the entire commercial fishing industry

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  • Resources
    Marine Fisheries Commission on Tuesday 15 March 2011 16 08 Letter in support of the Commission s Draft Addendum VI to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Herring and a request that all proposed options in the addendum move forward for public comment May 16 2013 Read the Letter Letter urging the Commission s Menhaden Management Board to adopt Amendment 2 including a coastwide catch limit that will end overfishing and promote recovery of the Atlantic menhaden population and all of the other fisheries and wildlife that these fish support November 16 2012 Read the Letter Read more Atlantic Herring Fishery Management Plan on Tuesday 20 April 2010 00 00 Letter urging the New England Council s Herring Committee to establish a river herring shad catch cap in the Atlantic herring fishery that is based on the best availble science and consistent with the goal to reduce catch of these species September 16 2013 Read the Letter Letter urging NMFS and the New England Council to work together to find solutions to the catch monitoring and accountability measures that were disapproved in Amendment 5 September 16 2013 Read the Letter Letter urging NMFS to approve and implement Amendment 5 including critical monitoring and bycatch reduction reforms to industrial herring fishing June 21 2013 Read the Letter Read more Atlantic Mackerel Squid Butterfish Fishery Management Plan on Saturday 17 July 2010 01 02 Letter on behalf of the Herring Alliance by Earthjustice provides recommendations for developing effective limits on the catch of river herring and shad May 21 2013 Read the Letter Scoping letter to the Mid Atlantic Council requesting that Amendment 15 establish science based catch limits rebuilding plans and other required measures to adequately conserve and manage depleted river herring and shad December 5 2012 Read the Letter

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  • Take Action | General Content
    our oceans and fisheries Participate in the fishery management process and support our efforts to sustain healthy fish populations and ecosystems You can make a difference Get involved Join the conversation and sign up for our email newsletter to get the latest news campaign updates and event announcements Speak up Attend a pivotal meeting or local event or write a letter to a decision maker Spread the word Follow us

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  • Herring Alliance Blog
    voted to increase the amount of river herring and shad that can be caught by the herring fleet even though the current caps have not even been in place for one year and no science was presented suggesting that these populations have recovered This is the wrong move It is a slap in the face to all the people who work tirelessly to improve habitat and water quality in the hope that these fish will return to New England s rivers and streams and to the recreational fishermen who have respected state bans on catch for over a decade Read more Southern New England s Worst Year in History for River Herring Raises Concerns at Sea on Tuesday 18 August 2015 18 33 Fisheries officials and watershed conservation groups have tallied the spring migratory runs of river herring and in parts of southern New England 2015 likely will go down as a particularly terrible year for these critically important forage fish Reports from across Connecticut and Rhode Island show the number of migrating fish declining dramatically compared with recent years leading one prominent biologist to call this year the worst in history in his state Read more June Council meetings bring good news for forage fish on Monday 29 June 2015 19 49 Over the past few weeks both the New England and the Mid Atlantic Council have moved forward with improvements for managing forage fish In addition this past May the Atlantic State Marine Fisheries Commission committed to develop ecosystem based management for menhaden First we want to say Thank you to all our supporters and coalition members who wrote letters attended meetings and talked to decision makers about these issues Your input makes a difference Here is a brief summary of what happened Read more Recent fish kills

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  • Videos
    Glossary Contact Us Videos River Herring A Fish in Troubled Waters on Wednesday 17 February 2010 07 18 The Tip of the Iceberg on Thursday 06 February 2014 21 44 Assignment Earth Declining Herring on Thursday 06 February 2014 21

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