Photo/Middleboro-Lakeville Herring Fishery Commission

Photo/Middleboro-Lakeville Herring Fishery Commission

SouthCoastToday: After a significant decline in herring populations in 2004 prompting the 2005 [Massachusetts] state ban on the harvesting, possessing or selling of the anadromous fish, herring numbers at Middleboro’s runs are back on the rise.

“Scientists think the reason for the crash was a change in ocean weather cycles and an increase in predators,” said David Cavanaugh, chairman of the Middleborough-Lakeville Herring Fishery Commission David Cavanaugh. “Many people also blame an increase in offshore fishing.”

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