Protect the Atlantic Herring

Publication: Hartford Courant

11/05/2007 - With the Atlantic herring, the New England Fisheries Management Council has a chance to start reversing decades of short-sighted decisions about managing the region's commercial fish stocks.

Reports indicate this little fish is still abundant in the Gulf of Maine, where it swims off the coast in giant silvery schools that feed on plankton. The Atlantic herring serves as a key link in the food chain.

A broad range of predators feast on its eggs, larvae and adult fish - cod, sculpin, tuna, bluefish, pollock, striped bass, puffins, gulls, terns, seals, dolphins, porpoises, sharks, whales and, yes, humans.

Read the full article Protect the Atlantic Herring at the Hartford Courant's Web site.

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