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2018 Herring Observations

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Herring are running strong  in the Falmouth and Mashpee runs.

If we want to see the runs full of Herring like the 80's we need to STOP THE DRAGGERS!!!!!

The by-catch DRAGGERS kill far exceeds what the fishermen use for bait.

DRAGGERS kill more as a by-catch in one weeks time than all the fishermen combined can kill all year.

STOP THE DRAGGERS! !!

Edited by ReelRush

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Stop the cormorants  too...eat a lot of adults going up..and tons of fry coming out..More and more of them every year too

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51 mins ago, ReelRush said:

Herring are running strong  in the Falmouth and Mashpee runs.

If we want to see the runs full of Herring like the 80's we need to STOP THE DRAGGERS!!!!!

The by-catch DRAGGERS kill far exceeds what the fishermen use for bait.

DRAGGERS kill more as a by-catch in one weeks time than all the fishermen combined can kill all year.

STOP THE DRAGGERS! !!

i thought it was the mid water trawlers? don't herring school up in the mid to upper portion of the water column? 

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2 hours ago, bradW said:

i thought it was the mid water trawlers? don't herring school up in the mid to upper portion of the water column? 

Correct. But the point still stands.

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11 hours ago, Intrepid95 said:

Correct. But the point still stands.

what point? he blamed draggers for herring bycatch. draggers drag, the bottom.

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1 hour ago, bradW said:

what point? he blamed draggers for herring bycatch. draggers drag, the bottom.

That more river herring mortality occurs at sea compared to fishermen using them for bait.

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i watched a hefty pickerel mixed in with a school of herring today.he would charge them,then stop.the herring looked way to big for him.

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3 hours ago, hotfishgirl said:

i watched a hefty pickerel mixed in with a school of herring today.he would charge them,then stop.the herring looked way to big for him.

Cue the song:  "He's got, hiiiiigh hopes! 

He's got, hiiiiigh hopes!"

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15 hours ago, hotfishgirl said:

i watched a hefty pickerel mixed in with a school of herring today.he would charge them,then stop.the herring looked way to big for him.

A pike could do the job. :eek:

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Mystic Lakes: For two weeks cormorants have been acting like herring are there. Finally saw one today so they are there!

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19 hours ago, Intrepid95 said:

Thick in Watertown this afternoon.

Finally saw a few on Thursday evening.  I'm surprised the birds weren't on them. 

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On 4/25/2018 at 11:05 PM, Intrepid95 said:

Correct. But the point still stands.

The problem is by-catch from mid-water Pair Trawling. Predators such as sea birds are all part of the natural cycle. People damming the runs and over harvesting are not. Last year the count in my local run was way down probably due to top end die off and trawlers. This looks to be a very good year as evidenced in the video. My local run has a lot of community support behind it. There is a core group of people who maintain it year round with a yearly community cleanup every April. We also watch regularly for poachers and tell the uninformed to leave them alone. This improves the herring's odds to make their way up to the spawning grounds but does nothing to protect them from trawlers and poachers in the open ocean. You do what you can.

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impressive video. keep it going for 6 weeks and you've got good numbers

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