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DMF Proposed Regulation Changes on Opening of Rivers for River Herring Harvest

Hello River Herring Network members,

The MA Division of Marine Fisheries is proposing a regulation change to allow individual rivers to be open for harvest of river herring if they have an ASMFC approved sustainability management plan and specific permitting, harvest and identification requirements. This is one of 18 different regulation changes being proposed. DMF is now accepting written comments, and will hold four public hearings in February. Please see the information below for all the details.

Public Hearing Notice: http://www.mass.gov/eea/docs/dfg/dmf/marinefisheriesnotices/pubhearings/public-hearing-notice-011317.pdf
Item # 4. Opening Individual River Herring Runs (322 CMR 6.17). This proposed regulation would provide DMF with the authority to open individual rivers to the harvest of river herring if they have an ASMFC approved sustainability management plan and specific permitting, harvest and identification requirements. The Nemasket River may be the first run to potentially open under this authority.

Exact wording of the proposed changes to 322 CMR 6.17 - Scroll to page 19
http://www.mass.gov/eea/docs/dfg/dmf/marinefisheriesnotices/pubhearings/winter-2017-public-hearing-strikethrough-langauge-011317.pdf

Primer for Winter 2017 DMF Public Hearings - River Herring start on slide 19
http://www.mass.gov/eea/docs/dfg/dmf/marinefisheriesnotices/dmf-public-hearing-primer-160120.pdf

Instructions for Written Comments
Written public comments will be accepted until 5:00 PM on February 17, 2017. Please address all comments to Director David Pierce. Comments can be sent by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by mail to 251 Causeway Street, Suite 400, Boston, MA 02114. To obtain a full copy of the draft regulations or the public hearing primer document, please visit our website or contact Jared Silva by phone (617-626- 1534) or through e-mail ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

Public Hearing Schedule

Monday, February 6, 2017
6:00 PM
DMF Annisquam River Station 30 Emerson Avenue Gloucester, MA 01930

Wednesday, February 8, 2017
10:00 AM
Tisbury Town Hall Katharine Cornell Theater 51 Spring Street Tisbury, MA 02568

Wednesday, February 8, 2017
6:00 PM
MA Maritime Academy Admiral's Hall 101 Academy Drive Buzzards Bay, MA 02532

Monday, February 13, 2017
11:00 AM
Nantucket Police Station Meeting Room 4 Fairgrounds Road Nantucket, MA 02554

Thank you,
Abigail Archer

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2016 Annual Meeting Summary

Thank you to all who made the 2016 River Herring Network annual meeting a success! Sixty people attended the 6th annual meeting on October 27, 2016 at the Buzzards Bay Coalition office in New Bedford. Participants represented 12 towns, 10 environmental organizations, 8 state and federal agencies, 1 County agency, & 4 academic institutions. We also had students and AmeriCorps volunteers with us. Thank you to the Buzzards Bay Coalition staff for being excellent hosts.

Ten speakers gave presentations on a range of topics such as Division of Marine Fisheries management updates, research on larval river herring growth, research on fish passage routes, the predicted and observed effects of climate change, new stream maintenance protocols, the recent Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission meeting that addressed possible harvest in the Nemasket River, how to work with the Mass Department of Transportation on fish passage projects and issues, and an overview of a high profile restoration project along the Acushnet River.

After the meeting, 13 people joined Buzzards Bay staff for a tour of the Acushnet Sawmill park.
The powerpoint presentations, documents discussed, and photos from the meeting are available on the website at: http://riverherringnetwork.com/about-us/annual-meeting.html

-Abigail Archer

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Parking for the River Herring Network Meeting

Clicke here for a pdf of this information:Parking Directions - 2016 River Herring Network Meeting

Parking is available at the Elm St. Parking Garage, and is not available at the Buzzards Bay Coalition office. The walking distance is 0.2 miles. The cost for parking is $15.00 for the day. Receipts will be available if you need them for reimbursement from your town or organizations.

Elm St. Parking Garage
51 Elm Street
New Bedford, MA 02740
http://www.newbedford-ma.gov/traffic/garage-rates/

Buzzards Bay Coalition Office
114 Front Street
New Bedford, MA 02740
http://www.savebuzzardsbay.org/about-us/our-centers-reserves/buzzards-bay-center/

 

 

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2016 Annual Meeting Agenda

Click below to download a pdf of the agenda:River Herring Network 2016 Annual Meeting Agenda Oct 27-2016

The 6th Annual Meeting of the River Herring Network will take place on Thursday, October 27th from 10:00AM-5:00PM at the Buzzards Bay Coalition Office on 114 Front St in New Bedford.  This year the meeting is being hosted by the Buzzards Bay Coalition.  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 Buzzards Bay Coalition.  

The day features 7 presentations on topics that members suggested and prioritized, a group discussion period, and an afternoon field trip to the new Sawmill Park and nature-like fish ladder along the Acushnet River.  Coffee will be available throughout the day and a pizza lunch will be provided at noon.

Parking is at the Elm St. Garage which is 0.2 mile walk from the meeting location. Parking for a whole day will cost $15.00. Click here for a map from the garage to the meeting location: Parking Directions - River Herring Network Meeting -10-27-16
If you need assistance getting to the meeting, please include a note when you RSVP.

If you plan on attending please RSVP to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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