States Schedule Hearings on River Herring PID

Maine Department of Marine Resources
January 2, 2008; 6:30 PM
Ellsworth City Hall
1 City Plaza
Ellsworth, Maine
Contact: Terry Stockwell at 207/624-6562

January 3, 2008; 6:00 PM
University of Maine
Machias Science Building
Route 1
Machias, Maine
Contact: Terry Stockwell at 207/624-6562

January 10, 2008; 6:00 PM
Lincoln County Communications Center
Route 1
Wiscasset, Maine
Contact: Terry Stockwell at 207/624-6562

The PID and subsequent amendment are being developed in response to concerns regarding the status of river herring
stocks. While many populations of blueback herring and alewife, collectively known as river herring, are in decline or remain depressed at stable levels, lack of fishery-dependent and independent data makes it difficult to ascertain the status of river herring stocks coastwide. Between 1985 and 2004, commercial landings of river herring dropped by 90% from 13.6 to 1.33 million pounds. In 2006, Commission member states reported river herring landings of approximately 1.4 million pounds. In response to declining stocks within their own waters, four states—
Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and North Carolina—have closed their river herring fisheries. River
herring stocks are a multi-jurisdictional resource occurring in both rivers and coastal waters. The PID has been developed to address these concerns by seeking public comment on whether the management program is adequate to
ensure survival and enhancement of depressed stocks or the maintenance of presently stable stocks.
Following the initial phase of information-gathering and public comment, the Commission will evaluate potential
management alternatives and develop a draft amendment for public review. Following that review and public
comment, the Commission will specify the management measures to be included in the final amendment. A tentative
schedule for the completion of the Amendment 2 is included in PID.

Fishermen and other interested groups are encouraged to provide input on the PID, either through attending public
hearings or providing written comments. Copies can be obtained by contacting the Commission at (202) 289-6400 or
via the Commission’s website at under Breaking News. Public comment will be accepted until 5:00
PM on January 28, 2007 and should be forwarded to Erika Robbins, Fisheries Management Plan, 1444 ‘Eye’ Street,
NW, Sixth Floor, Washington, DC 20005; (202) 289-6051 (FAX) or at (Subject line: River
Herring). For more information, please contact Erika Robbins at (202) 289-6400.

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