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Come to the Annual Meeting! October 24, 2-5PM in Bourne

Massachusetts River Herring Network
3rd Annual Meeting Agenda

Thursday October 24, 2013 2:00PM-5:00PM
Bourne Veteran's Memorial Community Center
239 Main St. Buzzards Bay, MA

2:00PM Welcome & Introductions

2:10 Update on River Herring Management
Brad Chase, Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries

2:40 Environmental Law Enforcement – River Herring and Eel Regulations
Sergeant Matt Bass, Massachusetts Environmental Law Enforcement

3:10 Monitoring Massachusetts Herring Runs with Video
Ben Gahagan & Mike Bednarski, Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries

3:40 BREAK

3:50 Panel Discussion: Managing Herring Runs by Committee
Town Herring Committees have a long history in Massachusetts. Members of the Pembroke Herring Fisheries Commission, Westport Fish Commission, and other current committees will discuss of the origins and operations of their groups, and share their experiences with the challenges and benefits of managing a herring run with the help of a committee.

4:30 Reducing River Herring Bycatch in the Atlantic Herring Trawl Fisheries
Dave Bethoney, Umass Dartmouth School for Marine Science and Technology

4:55 Closing Remarks

5:00 Adjourn

All are invited to stay until 5:30PM for pizza and further conversation.

For a printable agenda please go to:
http://riverherringnetwork.com/about-us/annual-meeting.html

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Public Comment for Herring Amendment 5 this Thursday in Hyannis!

NOAA recently announced its decision to partially approve Amendment 5 to the Atlantic Herring fishery management plan. Although NOAA did approve a series of measures intended to improve management of the fishery, it disapproved crucial components of the amendment that were necessary to achieve better oversight and accountability on the fleet, including:

1) 100% observer coverage for the Category A and B vessels that harvest the majority of the catch
2) A slippage cap that would provide a disincentive against existing dumping practices
3) Dealer reporting requirements to accurately weigh the catch

For those of you that participated in the decade-long community effort to improve management and oversight of this fishery, there will be an opportunity at the upcoming New England Fishery Management Council meeting to voice your concerns and urge Council members to task NOAA with fixing Amendment 5 as soon as possible.

The Council meeting is this Thursday, September 26th, at the Cape Codder Resort (1225 Iyannough Rd) in Hyannis, MA.

There will be an opportunity for public comment at 9:15AM and herring will be discussed at 10:15AM.

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 508-945-2432 with any questions.

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Wellfleet Herring Warden Jeff Hughes on the radio at WCAI

On July 10 WCAI, the Cape and Islands NPR Station aired a program called, "Herring: Small But Important".  Wellfleet's Herring Warden Jeff Hughes is interviewed as well as several herring count volunteers from the Friends of Herring River.

David Bethoney from the School for Marine Science and Technology is also on the program and describes the riiver herring bycatch reduction program.  David spoke to the River Herring Network annual meeting in October 2012.

Check it out at the link below:
http://www.capeandislands.org/post/herring-small-important

Abby Franklin - July 31, 2013

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Take a 5 Question Survey! Help plan the next River Herring Network Annual Meeting

The third 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.

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2DQ5YBK

Thank you in advance.

Abby Franklin – July 29, 2013