News ID: 254528
Published: 0605 GMT June 19, 2019

River herring will not be added to endangered species list

River herring will not be added to endangered species list
ecori.org

The federal government says two species of herring are not at risk of going extinct, and will not be listed under the Endangered Species Act.

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said the government has finished a review of the status of alewife and blueback herring and decided against designating the fish as endangered or threatened. The fish live on the East Coast and are an important piece of the food chain, AP wrote.

NOAA said river herring such as alewives and bluebacks “have declined from historical numbers,” but recent management efforts have helped protect the fish.

Both species have historically been subject to commercial fishing because they are valuable as bait. The fishery for another herring species, Atlantic herring, is much larger and is also under scrutiny by regulators and environmentalists.

 

   
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