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Hearing tonight on ByCatch of Draggers & Mid Water Trawlers

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The Mid Atlantic Council is having a scoping hearing to find out if the public is concerned with by catch of Shad and River Herring in the Squid, Mackerel and Butterfish fisheries.


These fisheries include the draggers that work in and around RI including the River and out in Block Island Sound.

This will also effect the Mid Water Trawlers when they target Mackerel.

Bottom line is if anyone can come out and let them know we want by catch reduced and that this is a real problem...please come to the hearing.


Monday Night Jun 14--TONIGHT

Hilton Garden Inn

Thubers St (up the road form TF Greene)

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I'm wondering if anyone knows of a source for the total number of active boats in Massachusetts engaged in menhaden bait fishing (not reduction boats) and possible catch statistics?


Also, a petition regarding protecting River Herring and American Shad can be found here:


it's easy to sign on although I think it may be over by now.....

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