Recreational Fishing Alliance Seeks Conservation Measures for Atlantic Herring

November 2004

The Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA) has joined forces with allies in New England seeking additional conservation measures for Atlantic herring through the New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC) and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC). Historically, small purse-seine vessels pursued Atlantic herring in the upper water column in the Gulf of Maine. In recent years, new vessels have entered the fishery using pair trawls that have the ability to take entire schools of herring from a small area. Atlantic herring are important forage, particularly in New England and the Gulf of Maine, for recreationally important species such as tuna, bluefish, striped bass, cod and haddock. For more information, visit