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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!

 
The Fish at the Heart of the Food System

A great article on menhaden was just published in the magazine limn. Check out the first few paragraphs and then click over there for the rest, including some great graphics.

by Alison Fairbrother and David Schleifer

You have never seen a menhaden, but you have eaten one. Although no one sits down to a plate of these silvery, bug-eyed, foot-long fish at a seafood restaurant, menhaden travel through the human food chain mostly undetected in the bodies of other species, hidden in salmon, pork, onions, and many other foods.

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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.

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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.

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