New England herring make for strange bedfellows

Photo by jpwbee (Julie Weatherbee) via Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

As reported earlier this week by Jess Bidgood in The New York Times, fishers and environmentalists who often find themselves at odds are working together to supports limits on Atlantic herring fishing off the New England coast.

The issue at hand was about 30 large boats that use nets as big as a football field to scoop up hundreds of thousands of pounds of herring, a cheap fish often used for bait…. Their appearance in New England about 10 years ago alarmed both environmentalists and traditional fisherman, who are concerned that the trawlers’ efficiency is depleting herring stocks and depriving other fish, birds and sea mammals of a critical food source.

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