Rec'd via E-mail from DEC:
Please Note: March meetings dates are rescheduled to mid and late
TO: River herring fishers & interested individuals
In May 2009, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission adopted
Amendment 2 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Shad and River
herring. This amendment will guide future river herring management for
all Atlantic coastal states. New York, as a member of ASMFC, is required
under federal law to follow this new management plan.
For Amendment 2, the Shad and River Herring Management Board approved
the following as the management measure for both commercial and
States with river herring (anadromous alewife and blueback herring)
stocks must close fisheries (commercial / recreational) except for those
systems with a sustainable fishery.
“Sustainable” is defined as “those that can demonstrate their
alewife or blueback herring stock(s) could support a commercial and / or
recreational fishery that will not diminish the potential future stock
reproduction or recruitment.” Simply, this means that adults and
production of young in a stock cannot be in decline. If you would like
more information, the entire amendment can be found at www.asmfc.org
under “managed species”, shad and river herring.
So what does Amendment 2 mean to you? There are two options for herring
fisheries in New York:
1. All river herring fisheries will be closed, OR
2. NY would have to show that any fishery, either recreational or
commercial, is “sustainable” based on available data.
Three public information meetings are scheduled: Meetings have been
rescheduled from March to mid-late April:
15 April 2010, 7-10 pm
NYSDEC Region 3 office
21 S. Putt Corners Rd
New Paltz, NY
Upper Hudson valley
21 April, 2010, 7-10 pm
Town of Bethlehem Town Hall
445 Delaware Ave
29 April, 2010, 7-9 pm
NYSDEC Marine Resources office
205 Belle Meade Rd.
East Setauket, NY
Objectives of the meetings:
- Outline the requirements for NY in the recently adopted Atlantic
State Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) Amendment 2 (river herring) to
the Shad and river herring management plan.
Hudson Valley meetings:
- give a presentation on available river herring data for the Hudson
- open a discussion of how the herring fishery operates in the Hudson
and the need for changes to meet this new amendment
- for Long Island streams- discussion of what we know about herring
runs on Long Island and data needs.
All interested stakeholders are invited to attend to listen and
participate in discussions.
If you have any questions, please send a message to the Hudson River
Fisheries Unit mailbox at: [email protected]
For any other questions, you can also call us at:
Kris McShane 845-256-3009
Amanda Higgs 845-256-3073
Kathy Hattala 845-256-3071
Andy Kahnle 845-256-3072