New England Ocean Conservation


A growing concern in industrial-scale fishery


Bycatch—the unintended capture of unwanted fish and other animals during fishing—is a growing concern in the industrial-scale Atlantic herring fishery. Despite the volume of fish that can be caught in trawlers’ massive nets in one pass, information about bycatch in this fishery is extremely limited. The New England Fishery Management Council is developing new monitoring rules and has put caps in place to limit catch of haddock, depleted river herring, and shad.

Learn more about bycatch and about the work of the Herring Alliance.

Media Contact

Christine Fletcher

Officer, Communications