Tagged river herring

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, March 22

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, NOAA Fisheries seeks comments on Framework Adjustment 55; Oceana comments on the proposal to cut observer coverage in the New England groundfish fishery; NOAA Fisheries transfers yellowtail flounder quota to the groundfish industry; Sweden seeks to ban Maine lobster exports to Europe; Massachusetts installs an electronic fish counter on Cape Cod; warm waters off Maine point to a repeat ‘ocean heat wave’; and Maine closes scallop grounds for the season. … More Info »

Heavy Lift: New England UPS Driver Rescued Tons of Fish, One Net at a Time

UPS driver Bill McWha had just moved to Wakefield, Rhode Island, in 2010 when he decided to check out his town’s main river. From the banks of the Saugatucket, McWha was horrified by what he saw: thousands of migrating river herring stuck at a dam, unable to swim over to reach their spawning sites. So he took matters into his own hands. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, March 8

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, the arrest of Carlos Rafael continues to dominate headlines, sparking calls for full-fleet and/or electronic monitoring of fishing boats as well as calls for the support of community-based fishermen over conglomerations; a new Boston location for a Maine-based shellfish company is announced; Maine preps for lobstering season with some uncertainties; and volunteers are needed to assist in data collection for annual herring migration. … More Info »

Court Says Regulators Must Protect Keystone Species from Giant Trawlers

As victims of “bycatch,” river herring and shad populations have dwindled to less than 5 percent of their historic levels. A federal judge issued a ruling that could help protect these two keystone fish species. … More Info »

A ‘Genius’ Fisherman’s Idea for a Cod Comeback

This latest piece in the Pew Charitable Trust series on the Magnuson-Stevens Act 40th anniversary features Maine fisherman and MacArthur “Genius” Ted Ames. His work to better understand the ecological history of cod shows a potential path to a recovery for the fishery by better managing the forage fish they depended on in the past. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, December 8

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, ASMFC extends the northern shrimp moratorium; NEFMC votes on ACLs; MCI says the ocean is more important than you think; the Paris Climate Talks are encouraging to New Englanders; scientists track eels to the Sargasso Sea; Maine river herring populations are recovering; efforts to restore Atlantic salmon populations in a Maine river are underway; seaweed is Maine’s crop to watch; over $900K will go towards New England coastal restoration projects; New England states will host comment meetings for Amendment 3 to the Atlantic herring FMP; and NEFMC is conducting scoping hearings for Amendment 22. … More Info »

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. … More Info »

Council Delivers Blow to River Herring in New England

The New England Fishery Management Council voted in favor of increasing river herring catch caps at its September 2015 meeting last week. This post provides an update to our readers following last week’s post, River Herring at Risk in New England Waters. … More Info »

River Herring at Risk in New England Waters

While the New England Fishery Management Council has established yearly limits on the allowable river herring bycatch from the Atlantic herring fishery, the Council is currently considering an increase in these river herring catch caps. … More Info »

Southern New England’s Worst Year in History for River Herring Raises Concerns at Sea

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. … More Info »