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2015 Annual Meeting Report

Thank you to all who made the 2015 River Herring Network annual meeting a success! Forty eight people attended the fifth annual meeting on October 15, 2015 in Pembroke at the Public Library. Participants represented 13 towns, 2 watershed associations, 2 regional environmental non-profit groups, 3 academic institutions, 4 state agencies, and the federal agency National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (2 programs – NOAA Fisheries Habitat Restoration, and the National Sea Grant College Program). The Pembroke Herring Fisheries Commission were excellent hosts to all who attended.

Six speakers gave presentations ranging from Division of Marine Fisheries management updates on river herring and eels, to updates on the results of volunteer river herring count programs, research going on in spawning ponds across Massachusetts, and the continuing efforts to monitor the bycatch of river herring in the Atlantic Herring fishery.

The meeting also featured a Question & Answer period with an Environmental Law Enforcement Officer, and the Assistant Director of the Division of Marine Fisheries, Fisheries Biology Section.

The powerpoint presentations and photos from the meeting will be made available on the website soon. Stay tuned for updates!

-Abigail Archer

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Annual Meeting this Thursday, October 15th in Pembroke

Pdf copy of the agenda:2015 RHN Annual Meeting Agenda - Pembroke Public Library - Thursday October 15

The 5th Annual Meeting of the River Herring Network will take place on Thursday, October 15th from 10:30AM-4:00PM at the Pembroke Public Library on 142 Center St. This year the meeting is being hosted by the Pembroke Herring Fisheries Commission. Registration is FREE thanks to support from the MA Division of Marine Fisheries, Barnstable County Cape Cod Cooperative Extension, Woods Hole Sea Grant, the Cape Cod Conservation District, and the Pembroke Herring Fisheries Commission.

The day features 6 presentations on topics that members suggested and prioritized, a Q&A period with a MA Environmental Law Enforcement Officer, and an afternoon field trip to Pembroke's Herring Run Historic Park on Route 14. Coffee will be available throughout the day and a pizza lunch will be provided at noon.

Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  so that there will be enough coffee & snacks & pizza for everyone.

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Seats available for Oct 15 Pembroke Herring Run Bus Tour

There are still some seats available on the October 15th Morning Bus Tour of the Pembroke Herring Run.  If you'd like to sign up please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  by October 9th. Registration is FREE.

A flyer for the bus trip can be downloaded here:Morning bus tour of Pembroke Herring Run 10-15-15

The bus will leave from the Pembroke Public Library at 142 Center St. and will return to the same location in time for the start of the River Herring Network annual meeting at 10:30AM.

Local historian Kyle Harney will narrate the tour. Points of interest will be the Pembroke Herring Run Park, North River and the Historic Bridge, Pembroke/Hanover Herring Run Falls, and Oldham & Furnace Ponds where the river herring spawn. Narration will focus on historical information about the river and the fish that migrate along it.

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Request for letters to the New England Fishery Management Council

Greetings River Herring Network members!

My name is Mo Bancroft - I am a Fisheries Campaign Coordinator for the Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen's Alliance. I am writing to ask you to contact the New England Fishery Management Council regarding an action item surrounding river herring. The Council is meeting next Tuesday at 1 p.m. in Plymouth, MA; they will be voting on whether or not to increase the acceptable bycatch limits of river herring and shad the industrial fleet is allowed to remove from the ecosystem for the 2016 – 2018 fishing years.

Knowing that river herring runs fell below expectations in many southern New England streams in 2015, it is preposterous that the Council would consider increasing the bycatch rates of this species. We are working with the Herring Alliance to oppose this action, but your efforts, either via fax, e-mail or phone call would strengthen the message. Unfortunately, the hard deadline is tomorrow (Thursday, Sept 24) at noon, but if you write something after the deadline, I can deliver your letter to Council members directly.

The content can be as simple as:

Dear NEFMC members,

My name is _____, and I am a _______ (volunteer/warden/concerned community member, maybe the duration of their service), and I am concerned that the New England Fisheries Management Council is considering increasing the catch caps of river herring that the industrial herring fleet is entitled to harvest. _________ (Some kind of follow-up, why is river herring important to you. For ex: I have been prohibited from harvesting river herring from my local streams for the last 12 years because the stocks are struggling to recover. It is very irresponsible and unfair to consider increasing the amount of river herring the industrial fleet is allowed to take from the ocean, when river herring are doing so poorly at their source).

Sincerely,

Letters may be submitted by fax or e-mail to:

• Email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
• Fax to (978) 465-3116.

If you would like to reach out to our respective New England Council members, their contact information may be found here:
http://www.nefmc.org/about/council-members
Furthermore, if you are available, it would be very beneficial to have you vocalize your message (a brief 2 minute comment) at the Council meeting at the Radisson in Plymouth, MA.

For further ideas on messaging, please see the letters below from the Fishermen's Alliance, and the Herring Alliance.

River Herring Catch Caps letter - CCCFA
River Herring Catch Caps letter - Herring Alliance

If I can be of any assistance, please let me know.
Many thanks for your support in this important decision!
Best wishes,

Mo Bancroft
Fisheries Campaign Coordinator
Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen's Alliance
1566 Main Street, Chatham, MA 02633
(508) 945-2432 x 100 – Office

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