River herring are small fish with a big impact on our river and marine ecosystems. Massive industrial fishing boats began targeting Atlantic herring in ocean waters in the mid-1990s, and scoop up an alarming number of river herring. A new river herring stock assessment confirms that ocean bycatch is a serious threat to river herring recovery.
Unfortunately, their life history (they’re born in freshwater streams but spend most of their lives in the ocean) has river herring falling through the cracks of the management system, and has led to an inadequate patchwork of state, interstate, and federal rules.
Check out our map detailing this river herring robbery and write a letter to help protect these fish!