NOAA Fisheries recently announced that listing is not warranted at this time for alewife and blueback herring, collectively known as river herring, as either threatened or endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act.
The agency has already funded and will be implementing, in conjunction with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and other partners, a coordinated coast-wide effort to continue to address data needs and proactively conserve river herring and their habitat.
According to NOAA Fisheries, the agency intends to establish a technical working group and to continue to work closely with the ASMFC and others to develop a long-term conservation plan for river herring. NOAA Fisheries intends to revisit the status of river herring within the next five years.
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source: NOAA Fisheries