Regional fishery managers
have adopted limits on how much river herring can be caught by huge
trawlers working New England waters.
Populations of alewives and blueback herring,
referred to collectively as river herring, are in historically bad
shape, as are stocks of shad. These fish once supported a large
commercial fishery, and they also have cultural importance up and down
the coast because of the "herring runs" that occur when the fish return
upriver to spawn.
The caps proposed Thursday by the New England Fishery Management Council during their meeting
on Cape Cod target so-called mid-water trawlers, which catch herring by
pulling a large net between them. The caps limit the trawlers to a
total of 500,000 pounds of river herring in three areas off New England.
The caps must be approved by federal regulators.
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