Herring Alliance Blog

Insights from Herring Alliance members, outside experts and fishermen



Forage Fish Caught in the Nets: The Struggle for Better Management and Monitoring

A great blog post from one of our newest Herring Alliance partners Save the Sound. Click through to their blog for the full content.

I live in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, a small town located at the mouth of the beautiful Connecticut River, which empties into Long Island Sound.  Every spring, I look forward to a traditional phenomenon when local seafood stores near the river post signs reading “Connecticut River Shad for Sale,” heralding the arrival of the unique, mild, sweet-tasting fish. Adult American shad, a type of herring, return from the Atlantic Ocean to spawn in the river and its coves each spring, migrating as far as 174 miles upriver to Bellows Falls, Vermont.

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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. Waldman also reminds us how far from the facts our Thanksgiving legend of Squanto has drifted, becoming what he calls a “highly mythologized account.”

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Herring Alliance Member Earthjustice Files Lawsuit to Protect River Herring and Shad

Press release from Earthjustice

November 8, 2013, Washington, DC – Recreational fishing groups have filed a lawsuit in the D.C. District Court challenging a decision by the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to terminate a plan to protect river herring and shad in the Atlantic Ocean.

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Victory! A Strong Catch Cap on River Herring and Shad in New England

The New England Fishery Management Council took a big step toward protecting little fish by voting to limit and reduce the amount of river herring and shad that can be caught at sea. In a unanimous vote on Thursday, Sept. 26, the council approved the first cap on the amount of river herring and shad killed by the industrial trawlers targeting Atlantic herring. These are among the largest fishing vessels on the East Coast, and all too often they scoop up the river-running species of alewives, blueback herring, and shad.

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

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.

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