New Regulations Push Herring Trawlers Further Offshore
Will Sennott
As part of a long-term grassroots effort, federal regulators recently passed legislation to protect dwindling Atlantic herring stocks.
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Big Herring Catch At Tashmoo Likely
Vineyard Gazette
The approach of spring is heralded on the Vineyard, as well as at many other points on the coast, by the running of fish. Fish are to be had at any month in the year if one knows how and where to get them, but no movement of a school or body takes place during the winter in the waters near the shore or the land-locked lakes and ponds.
 
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Blockade Runners Once Used This Historic Creek
The work of dredging now going on at Tashmoo Creek focuses attention upon one of the historical landmarks of the Island and one of which very little is remembered or preserved. Indians called this locality Chappaquansett, and old records refer to the creek as Chappaquansett Creek, rather than Tashmoo. It is evident that the Indians frequented this place in the olden days, as sizable middens have been located nearby and others are presumably buried beneath the shifting sands or have been washed out to sea.
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Island Fishermen Hail Strict New Limits to Save North Atlantic Herring
Noah Asimow
The New England Fishery Management Council voted last week to limit both the scope and size of the commercial herring catch for the next three years.
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River Herring Continue Their Steep Decline
Steve Myrick

Despite strict conservation measures, river herring are in deep trouble all along the Massachusetts coast including on the Vineyard.

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Many Hands (and Shovels) Make Wet Work at James Pond
Alex Elvin

James Pond was the place to be on Tuesday, as fishermen, town officials and others pulled on waders to help clear a channel for herring.

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Snowdrops Are Nice, but Herring Are Heart of a Fisherman's Spring
Mark Alan Lovewell

The ocean may still be as blue as it was in January, but there is a new fragrance that goes with a warming ocean. Is it too soon to think of a bluefish blitz at Wasque?

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Fisheries Group Votes for Increased Herring Protections
Mark Alan Lovewell

The New England Fishery Management Council voted Thursday to limit the number of river herring and shad incidently caught by trawlers in federal waters. The cap is the latest in a series of state and federal measures underway to protect the species of fish, whose populations are at historic lows.

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Herring, Mackerel Return for Season
Mark Alan Lovewell

There is a lot more to cheer about on the waterfront this spring when it comes to recreational fishing than a year ago. The fish are here and the list of species is long.

Atlantic mackerel showed up in April. This is a fish we call precious today, although decades ago it was a common spring fish.

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New Initiatives in Vineyard Waterways Give Needed Boost to Herring Fishery
Mark Alan Lovewell
For generations, the arrival of the herring at coastal ponds has been the Island's harbinger of spring. Now, major initiatives are under way across the Island to enhance waterways for the returning alewife.

This week, work began and is almost complete on the construction of a fish ladder at the head of Lake Tashmoo.

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