Herring Alliance Blog

Insights from Herring Alliance members, outside experts and fishermen


“Astro-Turf” Criticism Unfair and Misinformed

In Virginia, Friends of the Rappahannock organizes students to restore oyster beds and control streamside erosion.

In Rhode Island, volunteers scoop nets full of migrating river herring up and over an obsolete mill dam.

In Maryland, citizen-scientists don hip waders to take samples of the aquatic life in Mattawoman creek.

These groups and dozens of others like them are the very epitome of "grass roots," community-level conservation, and the Herring Alliance is proud that they are members.

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Thanks from the “Postcard Underground”

The postcards started arriving at the Herring Alliance office in late July. In neat handwriting they said things like, "how refreshing to hear a bit of good news about our oceans," and, "thank you for having the foresight to limit the amount of menhaden to be caught."

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“Gotham Whale” Gulps Menhaden in a New York Minute

When a whale shows up within sight of the Manhattan skyline, it's bound to make a splash. The "Gotham Whale" images captured by photographer Artie Raslich showed up in dozens of media outlets.

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New Video Puts River Herring in the Spotlight

As a Herring Alliance supporter you know about the efforts to restore river herring by improving stream habitat and reining in wasteful fishing at sea. Now you can let others know about this important work with a new video from makers of the public television program “This American Land.”

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Industrial herring fishery’s bad idea shot down: a win for New England’s ocean ecosystem

June 25, 2014: At last week’s meeting of the New England Fishery Management Council, the industrial herring fishery brought forward a bad idea: let us catch more juvenile haddock. The fleet of midwater trawlers fishing for herring in New England waters claimed years ago that they had no interaction with groundfish species, and now they say that there is nothing they can do to avoid catching haddock in their enormous, small-mesh nets.

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