At 165 feet long, herring trawlers are the largest vessels on the East Coast. The nets are the size of a football field, catching millions of pounds of unintended catch every year, like endangered bluefin tuna, river herring, shad, cod, whales, dolphins, and seabirds.
These industrial ships undermine the river herring, which is essential to animals like striped bass and osprey. River herring are in danger – and are currently being considered for protection under the Endangered Species Act.
Now is your opportunity to stand up against industrial fishing. The New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC) is currently accepting comments on a new set of rules that could bring greater accountability and oversight to this fishing fleet.
Take Action! Tell the government to close loopholes that allow industrial fishing to damage the ocean’s health.
Send a clear message today that you want meaningful reform to support a healthy, productive and sustainable ocean environment for everyone.
The NEFMC needs comments by April 9th! Please take action now!