Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Short-term Victory

Last week, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) issued emergency regulations to prohibit fishing for alewives and blueback herring in fresh and marine waters of the State. Save The Bay strongly supports this closure, and it is a strong first step toward conservation of these essential creatures of the estuary. Thanks again to all who wrote, called, and testified. It worked!

As spring arrives in Southern New England, it remains to be seen whether we will have a significant herring run this year. The first few reports of fish are trickling in, but it's time to get out and start scouting the streams to collect some data. If fishermen can't catch fish, we can all certainly be helpful by getting out there and participating in stream monitoring efforts to better estimate the populations and viability of the remaining runs.

BayKeeper intern Rick Tavis is helping Save The Bay set up an information network about Rhode Island's herring runs. Rick will help connect monitoring volunteers with their local streams, organizations, and DEM. Rick is also working to create a sister blog to this one where buckeye watchers can get news and information and report their observations on-line. The site is still under construction, but may be viewed here.

Feel free to e-mail questions or observations to me directly here. -JT

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