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NOAA Fisheries and ASMFC Announce River Herring Conservation Plan 2015 Updates

May 25, 2016

NOAA Fisheries and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (Commission) announce the release of the River Herring Conservation Plan 2015 Year in Review and Executive Summary, now available online.

The River Herring Conservation Plan is a coastwide strategy to educate the public, foster cooperative research, and provide information to help restore river herring along the Atlantic coast.

This report (pdf) highlights collaborative efforts and initiatives with our partners related to river herring (alewife and blueback herring), as well as progress on commitments outlined in our joint River Herring Conservation Plan. 

Some highlights include:

  • Funded a project to develop a river herring/ Atlantic herring/ Atlantic mackerel overlap forecast tool for use by the Atlantic herring and Atlantic mackerel fisheries to minimize incidental catch of river herring,
  • Conducted a coastwide social science survey to document fishermen's observations of river herring in commercial, recreational, and subsistence fisheries, and
  • Developing a life history-based model to inform the setting of quantitative supported performance standards for survival and passage of American shad and river herring at hydropower projects.

Get the latest on our collective river herring conservation efforts on the River Herring Conservation Plan website.

Questions? Contact Diane Borggaard, NOAA Fisheries Greater Atlantic Regional Office, at 978-281-9453 or email