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  • Photo Gallery | General Content
    Latest News Resources Take Action Blog Videos Photo Gallery Calendar Glossary Contact Us Photo Gallery on Tuesday 16 February 2010 21 00 2014 Herring Alliance 185 Devonshire St Suite 701

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  • Glossary | General Content
    and caps and inform management decisions Fish stock A geographic management unit for a portion of a fish population usually defined by a particular migration pattern specific spawning grounds or because it is fished in a specific area Single species are sometimes managed as several stocks based on biology fishery activities management practicalities or some combination of these For example Atlantic cod is currently managed as the Gulf of Maine cod stock and Georges Bank cod stock Within these stock areas there may be distinct sub populations Fish stock complex Multiple fish stocks that are managed as one unit in a fishery Fishery Management Councils Eight regional councils established by the Magnuson Stevens Act to develop fishery management plans for fisheries in federal waters Council members include representatives from each state fishery agency the federal government commercial and recreational fishing interests and the conservation community The Councils have staff that conduct technical and policy work Councils meet at least five times per year and various committees meet more frequently Our work takes place at the New England Fishery Management Council NEFMC and the Mid Atlantic Fishery Management Council MAFMC Fishery management plan FMP Rules that regulate the fisheries managed by the federal government under the NOAA Fisheries Service FMPs must comply with existing and new federal laws including those passed in 2006 that require adoption of conservation measures such as annual catch limits and accountability measures Forage fish Species that play a vital role in the ocean food web as prey for larger fish seabirds and marine mammals On the Atlantic coast this includes small schooling species such as Atlantic herring river herring shad mackerel menhaden smelt sand lance and squid Forage fish are also characterized by wide population swings and are vulnerable to fishing due to their schooling behavior Forage fish are subject to increasing global demand for use as bait fertilizer pet food feed for livestock and farm raised fish and as dietary supplements for people Georges Bank and Gulf of Maine ecosystem Georges Bank is among the most productive ecosystems on the planet It yields vast quantities of fish supports marine mammals and other wildlife and for centuries has functioned as a commercial engine for New England the U S and Canada Georges Bank forms the southern and eastern boundary of the Gulf of Maine a semi enclosed sea that is another one of the world s richest marine ecosystems The Gulf of Maine is bordered by Nova Scotia New Brunswick Maine New Hampshire and Massachusetts Groundfish Bottom dwelling or demersal fish species such as Atlantic cod haddock flounders hake and pollock These species often share the same habitat and are managed together as a stock complex Though groundfish spend much of their lives near the bottom of the ocean the eggs and larval fish live near the water surface and even adults move up into the water column at various times such as when pursuing their food Groundfish Closed Areas Five year round commercial fishing closures

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  • Contact Us
    Contact Us Please contact us at info at herringalliance org Or send us your feedback by filling out the form below Name Your name Name Email Email for contact Email Subject Enter the subject of your message here Subject Comment

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  • Court Order Requires Protection for River Herring and Shad | Herring Alliance Blog
    court s ruling gives the National Marine Fisheries Service NMFS until October 2016 to conduct an in depth environmental analysis and to decide whether to protect them through a full federal fishery management plan If river herring and shad are ultimately added to a plan the fisheries service will be required to create science based guidelines to rebuild river herring and shad populations The judge found that the NMFS violated the National Environmental Policy Act by failing to study the environmental impact of leaving river herring and shad unprotected and to consider measures that would bring them under immediate management The NMFS is required to identify and manage fish that need conservation But the service has failed to do so despite the fact that river herring and shad populations have been decimated along the East Coast The National Marine Fisheries Service invested millions of federal dollars in state waters habitat restoration for river herring and shad but continues to undermine their recovery by failing to protect them in federal waters says Earthjustice attorney Roger Fleming This order is a step in the right direction that will require the federal agency to take a hard look at the environmental repercussions of their decision The agency s own scientific data shows these fish are caught and killed by the millions and need protection The court ruling means the fisheries service must act now after years of agency inaction and successful resistance from the fishing industry and despite public awareness of the danger of industrial trawlers In the summer of 2012 after considering comments from tens of thousands of Americans both the New England and the Mid Atlantic Fishery Management Councils took dramatic votes calling for the NMFS to increase oversight of industrial trawlers to strengthen protection of river herring shad Atlantic herring

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  • Council Makes a Wrong Move for River Herring | Herring Alliance Blog
    who have respected state bans on catch for over a decade In September 2013 the Council voted to implement caps on river herring and shad catch in order to reduce catch of these depleted species While they could have done more at the time we were glad to see them set the caps at a level that had the potential to incentivize the industrial herring fleet to avoid river herring and shad Now the Council has taken a step backwards for conservation of these species last week s vote will increase the amount allowed to be killed at sea by 16 percent overall Most egregiously in Southern New England the cap will increase by 38 percent and off Cape Cod by a whopping 143 percent This comes on the heels of a terrible season for river herring spawning runs As we have reported the runs in Rhode Island and Connecticut were some of the lowest on record this past spring Some years there are more some years less but on the whole no one would argue that we are anywhere close to seeing a full recovery in New England In light of this the Council s vote to increase the amount of river herring and shad that can be legally caught at sea is shameful Although most Council members voted for this increase several state employees on the Council did express concern about raising the cap Dr David Pierce from Massachusetts Dept of Marine Fisheries Mark Alexander from Connecticut Dept of Energy and Environmental Protection and Mark Gibson of Rhode Island Division of Fish and Wildlife acknowledged that there were poor river herring returns in 2015 and they questioned increasing river herring bycatch Unfortunately the commercial fishery for Atlantic herring still holds too much influence and there were not enough

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  • Southern New England’s Worst Year in History for River Herring Raises Concerns at Sea | Herring Alliance Blog
    had been depleted by a combination of overfishing at sea and dams in rivers that blocked off spawning areas But Connecticut responded restoring more than 150 miles of streams for migrating fish in just the past three years Gephard said the quality of freshwater habitat is good and that weather which can sometimes affect river quality and fish behavior was not significantly different this spring from other years I continue to suspect that what is affecting us is something in the marine environment Gephard said He s not alone Buckeye Brook Coalition Vice President Paul Earnshaw told the Warwick Beacon that he suspects offshore fishing is a large part of the problem Saugatucket River volunteer coordinator Bill McWha told me he thinks the offshore Atlantic herring fishery clobbers the migrating river herring Because river herring species are so depleted fishing for them is banned in most states But farther out to sea river herring are often scooped up as bycatch by industrial vessels targeting other species especially Atlantic herring the oceanic cousins of river herring Both the New England and Mid Atlantic fishery management councils have placed yearly limits on the amount of river herring that can be killed in the Atlantic herring fishery Unfortunately the efficacy of these bycatch caps is undermined by a lack of adequate monitoring and pressure to weaken the bycatch limits before they ve had time to be effective Information on the bycatch problem is limited because most vessels fishing for Atlantic herring still do not have independent observers on board to monitor activity despite wide agreement that such monitoring should be increased We do have some information on bycatch of river herring from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth which operates a voluntary bycatch avoidance program in cooperation with the industry and the Massachusetts Division

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