NOAA River Herring Survey

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Throughout August, NOAA Fisheries is conducting a voluntary, coastwide survey of individuals who have caught alewives and/or blueback herring either commercially, recreationally, or for personal use at some point in their lifetime.

According to NOAA Fisheries project lead Dan Kircheis, the goal is to gather first-hand observations to inform our understanding of alewife and blueback population trends and help our efforts to restore these fish populations along the U.S. east coast.

During the 15-minute telephone survey, researchers will ask commercial, recreational and tribal fishermen a series of questions:

– whether local alewife and blueback populations are increasing or decreasing;

– if the timing of the annual run has changed from previous years;

– if fish size is different than it was in the past; and

– the greatest threats to these two species’ long-term survival and how best to address those threats.

For more information about the survey, visit

source: NOAA Fisheries Greater Atlantic Region