Fact Sheet

A Federal Offense: River Herring Robbery

River herring are small fish with a big impact on our river and marine ecosystems. Massive industrial fishing boats began targeting Atlantic herring in the mid-1990s, and scoop up an alarming number of river herring along with their sea-dwelling cousins. Unfortunately, their fascinating life history (they're born in freshwater streams but spend most of their lives in the ocean) also has these fish falling through the cracks of the management system, and has led to an inadequate patchwork of state, interstate, and federal rules.

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Fact Sheet File: A Federal Offense: River Herring Robbery (PDF)