NOAA Fisheries Survey of River Herring Harvesters

NOAA Fisheries is looking for help with getting in touch with people who used to harvest river herring in Massachusetts. They are conducting a phone survey of individuals from Maine to North Carolina who harvested river herring (alewives and blueback herring) commercially, recreationally, or for personal use at some point in their lifetime.

The purpose of the survey is to document first-hand observations of changes in river herring abundance, run timing, distribution, species composition, and fish size as well as to assess harvesters' perceptions of the greatest threats to these species and how to best address those threats. NOAA recognizes that harvesters have detailed knowledge of the runs in their local areas and hopes to gain a better understanding of river herring populations coast-wide by documenting some of this local knowledge.

The survey is being carried out by Dan Kircheis (dan.kircheis AT, 207-866-7320) and Julia Beaty (julia.beaty AT, 207-866-7262).

At this time for this particular study they are looking for people who have HARVESTED herring – not people who have managed the harvest. If you think you could put Dan & Julia in touch with anyone that used to harvest river herring in your town before the moratorium, please give them a call or email them.

Julia will attend the October 30th River Herring Network annual meeting and can explain more about the survey then, but she is hoping to have the interviews well underway by that point. So if you think you can help – please contact Julia or Dan as soon as possible.

Abby Franklin Archer

September 9, 2014


We have a date! Thursday October 30th in Plymouth

We have a date! The fourth annual River Herring Network meeting will take place on Thursday, October 30 at the Plymouth Public Library on 132 South St. Snacks, drinks, and a pizza lunch will be provided. The meeting includes a field trip to nearby Town Brook to view the ongoing dam removal work & learn about the fish passage work the Town of Plymouth and partners have been working on over the past few years.

An agenda with speakers, topics, and meeting and field trip times will be out soon.

If you haven't provided your input yet on speakers and topics – there's still time! The survey will remain open until September 2.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you!

The River Herring Network Steering Committee

Friday, August 29, 2014


8 Question Survey! Plan for Next Meeting

The fourth annual River Herring Network meeting will take place in October, and we're looking for your ideas for speakers and topics. There are so many things we could discuss – which are most important to you as a herring warden, natural resource officer, volunteer herring counter, or river herring enthusiast?

Please click the link below to take a 5 minute survey that will help us plan a great meeting.

Thank you in advance.

Abby Franklin Archer – July 21, 2014


Comments on Draft Eel Plan due by July 17

ASMFC - American Eel Management - Comments on Draft Addendum IV due on July 17


The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) has released a Draft Addendum IV to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for American Eel. Comments to the ASMFC on the plan are due on July 17.  A public hearing was held on Tuesday, July 1 in Bourne.

Draft Addendum IV proposes a suite of options to address the commercial glass, yellow, and silver eel fisheries along the Atlantic coast. Management options under consideration include glass and yellow eel quotas, a catch cap for the yellow eel fishery, a moratorium on the glass eel fishery, and a seasonal closure and license cap for the silver eel fishery in the Delaware River (NY). The Draft Addendum also proposes glass eel harvest allowances for aquaculture purposes and a conservation-based allocation program in which the states may earn a glass eel quota via stock enhancement programs that increase glass eel passage.

The Draft Addendum intends to build upon the management measures established under Addendum III in order to reduce overall mortality and increase conservation of American eel stocks in response to the findings of the 2012 benchmark stock assessment indicating the American eel population in U.S. waters is depleted. For full details, refer to Draft Addendum IV, available on the ASMFC's website ( or by contacting ASMFC at 703-842-0740.

Written public comment will be accepted until 11:59 PM (EST) on July 17, 2014 and should be submitted to Kate Taylor, Senior Fishery Management Plan Coordinator, 1050 N. Highland St., Suite 200 A-N, Arlington, VA 22201; 703.842.0741 (FAX) or at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  (Subject line: American Eel).

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