Out of Balance: Industrial Fishing and the Threat to Our Ocean 21/05/2008
Author: Herring Alliance
This report details the pivotal role Atlantic herring play in the ecosystem and economy of the New England coastal region, and charts the growth of the industrial-scale herring fleet that jeopardizes the health of this key resource. The report finds that in spite of the potential for midwater trawlers to capture and kill nearly all forms of sea life in their path, these industrial-scale ships are surprisingly under-monitored. The authors make a number of recommendations, including:
* Ending midwater trawling within 50 miles of shore and in areas closed to groundfishermen.
* Instituting a shore-based monitoring system with real-time catch and bycatch monitoring.
* Requiring 100 percent observer coverage.
* Banning at-sea dumping and requiring on-board sampling of all catch including discards.
* Determining the needs of herring predators and establishing a set-aside of the resource for predators.