Maine: The Situation with bait Herring

atlantic herringOn a local radio station recently a commentator stated that herring stocks are overfished. Overfishing has led to the current shortage of herring for lobstermen’s use as bait, he continued. His statement was incorrect. Among the many fish species that call the Gulf of Maine home, Atlantic herring are one species that is doing quite well, thank you very much. In the opaque language of fisheries regulators, “Atlantic herring stocks are not overfished and overfishing is not occurring.”  So why has herring availability become such an issue for lobstermen this summer? The migratory fish is the preferred bait for many Maine lobstermen and when there’s no herring available, lobstermen get a little testy. The problem lies not with the fish, who right now are congregating in spawning schools along the coast. The problem lies with the regulatory need to control what happens at sea, a desire that often conflicts with what is actually happening at sea. Read the story here 14:18

One Response to Maine: The Situation with bait Herring

  1. Jim Kendall says:

    A great article, that details & explains the herring fishery very accurately. It will aide the everyday reader in understanding the current state of the fishery, & allow them to read between the lines of the Environmental Industry’s continual harangue of that fishery.
    While you explained the value of the herring fishery to the lobster fisherman, what is missing though is the value of a highly nutritious food source protein to many 3rd World Nations!
    Jim Kendall -NBSC
    Sept. 9, 2016

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