11/05/2007 - The nets are half a football field long, three-stories high and pulled between two huge trawlers. The tiny Atlantic herring is their target, and they pull up tons at time, much of which lands in lobster traps as bait or pickling jars as food.
But environmentalists and other fishermen say the trawlers are also doing serious ecological damage. Beside depleting stocks of herring, which are important because they're eaten by everything from birds to whales, they also accuse the trawlers of killing threatened groundfish species and decimating river herring populations.
Regulators will decide whether to devise tougher herring restrictions at a meeting of the New England Fishery Management Council, beginning Tuesday in Newport, R.I.
Read the full article Fishermen, Environmentalists Call for More Herring Regulations at Newsday's Web site.