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Shad: A Revolutionary Comeback

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.

Herring Alliance in Eating Well magazine

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!

We Can Restore River Herring! But the Mid Atlantic Council and NOAA Fisheries need to step up

By Capt. John McMurray
Originally published on
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 fishermen angry over herring monitoring changes

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.


Dwindling Baitfish Stocks Worry Fishermen and Regulators

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.