Herring

8" x 10" $200 (1 left)
Edition of 5, 2005
Printed on white Moriki paper

Atlantic herring is a keystone species in the Gulf of Maine/Georges Bank ecosystem. Herring provide a critical forage base for a myriad of marine species, including groundfish, tuna, whales, dogfish, marine mammals, and seabirds. Healthy herring populations are critically needed to support rebuilding efforts for a number of depleted marine species in the Northeast. While overall herring abundance has rebounded from a near population collapse in the mid-1970s, there is increasing concern over localized depletion of herring stocks in the inshore Gulf of Maine. Over the past five years, 60% of the herring catch has come from this relatively small, ecologically important area. Additionally, there is growing concern over high rates of wasteful bycatch of groundfish, dogfish, marine mammals, and other species in the mid-water trawl gear that is predominantly used to prosecute the herring fishery. In response, a diverse group of ocean stakeholders including conservationists, fishermen, scientists, whale watch outfitters and others have come together to demand that managers take the steps necessary to prevent localized depletion of this critically important forage species and to minimize wasteful bycatch of nontarget species.

Information provided by The Ocean Conservancy. To learn more about its work advocating for wild, healthy oceans, please visit www.oceanconservancy.org

Herring