Tagged river herring

Bangor Daily News supports returning alewives to the St. Croix

In June, CLF attorney Sean Mahoney blogged about CLF’s lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in an effort to overturn a Maine law that has prevented the alewife, a forage fish crucial to marine and freshwater ecosystems, from accessing its native habitat in Maine’s St. Croix River. This week, the Bangor Daily News published an editorial expressing support for opening up the St. Croix River to alewives. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, July 13

On July 9th, in a major victory for alewives, the EPA directed Maine’s Attorney General to take action to allow alewives and other small fish species to access habitat above the Grand Falls Dam in the St. Croix River.  A … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, June 29

This week in Fish Talk in the News: River herring get a conservation boost as the NEFMC imposes higher regulations on the industrial Atlantic herring fleet and the Great Works Dam on the Penobscot River is demolished; the U.S. Commerce Department announces the new members of the regional fishery management councils; new studies on Atlantic cod in the Gulf of Maine reveal a more complex system than previously understood; the NEFMC votes to transfer 150 metric tons of yellowtail flounder quota from scallopers to groundfishermen; the Long Island Sound lobster fishery will be closed in 2013; and the Conservation Law Foundation and New England Ocean Odyssey release the first pictures of Brian Skerry’s recent dive to Cashes Ledge. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, June 22

This week’s stories include: new regulations for the industrial Atlantic herring fleet to protect river herring and shad, Native American tribal support for the opening of the St. Croix River to alewives, a bill to fight illegal fishing, a study to map the seafloor of Long Island Sound, an objective look at New England fisheries and fishing communities, and an article about how London is working to achieve their commitment to serve only sustainable seafood at the 2012 Olympic Games. … More Info »

Conservationists and fishermen agree to agree

By Peter Baker. (Peter Baker directs the Northeast Fisheries Program for the Pew Environment Group.) News stories in New England about fishing often pit conservationists and fishermen against each other over how many fish should be caught, or play up every instance in which a private citizen bemoans government intervention. But today there is a much more compelling story, on which fishermen and conservationists agree. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, June 15

Stories of interest this week: Discussion of a new marketing campaign for Maine lobster; NEFMC looking for a new executive director; GMRI raises awareness of underutilized local species; work begins to remove the Great Works Dam on the Penobscot River in Maine; record numbers of river herring and shad are returning to spawn in the Connecticut River; and a new study shows the Gulf of Maine’s productivity is decreasing due to climate change. … More Info »

CLF lawsuit to protect alewives in Maine

Last week, CLF filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in an effort to overturn a Maine law that has prevented the alewife, a key forage fish, from accessing its native habitat in the St. Croix River in Maine. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, May 4

Interesting stories this week: a New York chef takes a trip to the Boston fish market; the Boston Globe supports NERO staying in MA; more confusion over which sustainable seafood guides to trust; a new stock assessment confirms that river herring populations are depleted; and upcoming trips to take a look at herring runs. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, March 30

A roundup of fish stories in the news: the commercial striped bass fishery in Massachusetts will be allowed to continue; some rivers are reporting higher-than-average herring runs this year, and consumers are becoming more interested in eating the fish; warming Gulf of Maine waters may be bad news for ocean ecosystems; Whole Foods commits to keeping overfished seafood out of stores; and a lucrative elver season is underway in Maine. … More Info »

Little Fish, Big Fishery

Within the next few weeks, alewife and blueback herring, collectively known as river herring, will begin their annual migration from coastal waters to their native rivers. … More Info »