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10 Reasons the Mid-Atlantic Council Should Manage River Herring and Shad in Federal Ocean Waters

Here are 10 reasons the council should vote to extend federal management to river herring and shad. … More Info »

Will River Herring and Shad Get Another Chance?

This week, the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will vote on whether or not to add river herring and shad as a stock in the Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fishery Management Plan. Doing so would provide river herring and shad the protections and rebuilding requirements required by federal law. Captain John McMurray offers his reasons why they should. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, June 10

In this edition of Fish talk in the News, regulators revisit the chance of reopening Maine’s shrimp fishery; GMRI launches Voices of the Gulf of Maine video series; fish can recognize human faces; shad and river herring are pouring into the Penobscot; South shore lobster fishermen seek exemption from a closure; the UN agreement to stop IUU fishing will go take effect; Governor LePage criticizes the proposed EU lobster ban; and the U.S. Attorney’s office indicts a Gloucester seafood executive for tax fraud. … 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 »

America’s ‘Founding Fish’ Need a Helping Hand

For centuries, Americans have drawn inspiration and sustenance from the river herring and shad that surge each spring from the Atlantic Ocean into coastal rivers and streams to spawn. … More Info »

Mid-Atlantic Managers Further Restrict Bycatch of River Herring and Shad

The Mid Atlantic Fishery Management Council moved Wednesday to sharply reduce the amount of river herring and shad that can be killed by the trawling vessels targeting Atlantic mackerel, an important step in the recovery of these important but imperiled little fish. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, May 30

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NOAA announces a plan to distribute federal fisheries disaster aid, including direct payments to fishermen; a Magnuson-Stevens reauthorization bill passes the House Natural Resources Committee; NOAA closes a herring management area due to high catch levels; papers recognize World Fish Migration Day; Maine can take steps to build resilient coastal economies; Maine’s fisheries are threatened by ocean acidification; labeling and marketing local seafood could help both consumers and fishermen. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, December 27

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, Northern Shrimp are the first casualty of rising sea temperatures; an op-ed asks the Connecticut congressional delegation to strengthen Magnuson-Stevens; shad are recovering in the Potomac; federal fisheries aid is still under discussion in Congress; oyster farming is helping the recovery of Maine’s aquaculture industry; a new seafood processing business is planned for Eastport, Maine; Maine scallop divers are dwindling in number, but still going strong; NOAA announces a new effort to improve fisheries data collection and management; rising sea levels threaten habitat for 233 federally protected species. … More Info »

A Thanksgiving Fish Story

Many people know the Thanksgiving legend of Squanto (Tisquantum), the Native American who taught Pilgrims how to plant crops and survive in New England. But not many know that Squanto’s legend is a fish story—in more ways than one. Scientist and author John Waldman is the latest to take a deeper look into this part of the Thanksgiving story. His new book, Running Silver, has a fascinating chapter on how important river-running fish were for many American Indians. … More Info »

One Good Step for River Herring, Then a Stumble

There is ample science supporting measures that would prevent depleted river herring from being scooped up by the industrial trawlers targeting other fish such as Atlantic herring and mackerel. That’s why recent votes by federal and regional fisheries managers have been so frustrating. In the past month we’ve seen one good step forward followed by some serious stumbles. … More Info »