Alewife and blueback herring are key prey species for other marine and freshwater animals. Their numbers are dwindling from millions to thousands as they are being caught and killed as bycatch by commercial fishing operations. Bycatch is the term used to describe fish caught unintentionally in the industrial-sized nets used by commercial fishing operations.
Write the National Marine Fisheries Service urging the agency to conduct a full scientific review to determine if alewife and blueback herring should be listed as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act. Scientists estimate roughly 12 million of these fish are killed annually as a result of ocean fishery activities.
Eric C. Schwaab
Assistant Administrator for Fisheries
NOAA Fisheries Service
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