A nice piece was published in Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Save the Bay Magazine which describes the history of shad fishing and the ups and downs of the species. The population has seen improvements in some rivers, but being caught as bycatch in offshore industrial fisheries is still having an impact.
The current issue of Eating Well magazine features the Herring Alliance’s Greg Wells in an article about river herring and the Atlantic herring fishery. Wells explained how the industry’s vessels to often scoop up river herring, complicating the effort to restore their depleted populations. Check it out here or pick up a copy!
By Capt. John McMurray
Originally published on Reel-Time.com
August 26, 2013
If you've been lucky enough to be there when river herring (bluebacks or alewives) clash with striped bass you know why we call them, "striper candy". It's a big bait that attracts big fish, and makes them act really stupid. Of course not only striped bass, but bluefin, yellowfin, cod, bluefish, weakfish and dozens of other predators go nuts over river herring... At least they used to.
Cape Cod Times
July 26, 2013
CHATHAM — Until last week, many local fishermen thought the herring problem had been solved.
After nearly a decade of a hard-fought grass-roots campaign to have fishery managers more closely monitor herring — a keystone species in the food chain — a plan finally emerged.
Cape and Islands NPR
July 10, 2013
When it comes to commercial fishing, the little fish are just as important as the big ones. It's the baitfish—smaller species like river herring and Atlantic herring—that support the entire commercial fishing industry. But baitfish stocks are dwindling. If these stocks don't rebound, not only will fishermen be out of bait, they also may be out of fish.