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River Herring

Background on Species and ESA Process

Alewife and Blueback Herring

River Herring


Alewife (Alosa pseudoharengus) and blueback herring (A. aestivalis), collectively referred to as river herring, are NMFS species of concern.

ESA Workshops:

NOAA conducted a series of workshops to gather more information on the status of alewife and blueback herring, collectively known as river herring, in the Northeast. NOAA has been working closely with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) to use information contained in their river herring stock assessment (May, 2012) and the best available information to help make a determination as to whether these species should be listed under the Endangered Species Act.  Several areas where additional information were needed included stock structure, extinction risk, and the impact of climate change on these species. NOAA held three workshops in June and July to gather more information on each of these areas.

NOAA invited various experts to each of the workshops based on their specific expertise in each area. The workshops were open to the public. On June 20-21 and July 11-12, invited experts continued discussions and modeling in closed working groups (this was invitation only).  The were held on the following dates and locations, and presentations, audio recordings and further information on the workshops follows:

The meeting summaries for each workshop will be independently peer reviewed. NMFS sought recommendations for peer reviewers for the Stock Structure, Extinction Risk Analysis, and Climate Change workshop/working group reports based on the peer reviewer criteria provided in the link below.  The deadline for peer review recommendations was August 10th, and recommendations are no longer being accepted