NE Fishery Managers to Vote on River Herring Protection

On Thursday, June 14, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council voted on actions to protect river herring and shad in the mackerel and squid fisheries. The Council voted to recommend 100% at-sea monitoring on all midwater trawl mackerel vessels, and catch caps for river herring and shad. It also voted to kick off a subsequent amendment to include river herring and shad in the Atlantic Mackerel, Squid and Butterfish Management Plan.

Members of the Herring Alliance, a nonprofit conservation group, reminded the Council of the tens of thousands of public comments generated in support of river herring and shad catch caps. A letter from 25 members of Congress supporting a cap was cited at the meeting as another reason to support these limits. There was broad consensus about the need for a cap to limit river herring and shad catch at sea.

On June 20, the New England Fishery Management Council will consider incorporating management provisions in the Atlantic herring fishery.

We’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, if you wish to comment on Amendment 5 to the Herring Plan, here’s some contact information for the New England Council members: NEFMC Information (PDF).

You can also reach out to your state and federal representative on the Council, as well as your governor: Herring Alliance-Tell Your Governor

And here’s the link to the blog on the vote: Herring Alliance Blog Updates

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