Feds Mull New Herring Rules

 

Photo by Jon Witman/Courtesy of NOAA
Photo by Jon Witman/Courtesy of NOAA

Cape Cod Times: Federal regulators are working on a plan to change the rules they use to set catch limits for Atlantic herring.

Harvesting with the purse seine/Photo from Wikipedia
Harvesting with the purse seine/Photo from Wikipedia

Regulators say herring are an important species because they are used for food and bait, and also play a critical role in the Atlantic Ocean’s food web. They say the new rules will make sure the species isn’t overfished.

Global capture of Atlantic herring in tonnes reported by the FAO, 1950–2010[5]
Global capture of Atlantic herring in tonnes reported by the FAO, 1950–2010[5]

 

Watch a video on the annual “herring lift” in Pembroke, MA.