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.

Two fishermen unloading a net full of sea herring on a dragger boat
Two fishermen unloading a net full of sea herring on a dragger boat
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Bycatch and Monitoring

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Bycatch is a growing concern in the Atlantic herring fishery – improved monitoring of these industrial vessels is needed.