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Gulf of Maine lobstermen are casting around far and wide for new kinds of bait, now that federal regulators have cut herring quotas by 70 percent. Possible solutions range from the mass importation of a nuisance fish from the Midwest, to manufactured baits to pig hides.

PORTLAND, Maine - Members of the lobster business fear a looming bait crisis could disrupt the industry during a time when lobsters are as plentiful and valuable as ever.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

At Maine’s annual Fishermen’s Forum in Rockport Friday, a historic $600 million harvest season coincided with a slight increase in lobster landings and lingering concerns over potential changes to gear rules around protecting endangered right whales. But looming over the forum are major cutbacks in the quota of crucial herring bait fish — which could ripple across the industry.

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Maine lobstermen are facing a major challenge as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) this month reduced the amount of Atlantic Herring fishermen can haul by more than half.

PORTLAND, Maine - Interstate fishing regulators are looking to get out in front of potential problems caused by exotic bait in case there is a bait crunch in the lobster fishery next year.

Willis Ryder Arnold / Maine Public

A day after fishing regulators adopted strict new measures to prevent herring stocks from collapsing, some New England fishermen say they fear for their own survival.

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The New England Fishery Management Council voted Tuesday to manage Atlantic herring more conservatively.

Big Changes In Herring Fishery Rules Could Be On The Way

Sep 25, 2018
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Federal fishing managers are considering a host of potentially major changes to the fishery for herring.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Good news for Maine lobstermen:  Just as a scarcity of the herring they use to bait their traps has closed that fishery, state officials are expanding the fishery for another baitfish - menhaden, or pogies that have shown up in large numbers off Maine for the third year in a row. 

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New England's Atlantic herring fishery could be on the verge of collapse in some areas, and federal regulators have decided to immediately reduce catch limits. Conservationists welcome the move as a way to help populations recover, but advocates for the fishing industry fear extended quota reductions over the next few years.

PORTLAND, Maine - Herring fishermen are nearing their quota along New England's coast and the fishery will be shut down until further notice.

The National Marine Fisheries Service says fishermen in the inshore Gulf of Maine have caught about 90 percent of their quota and the fishery was shut down early Tuesday morning. The inshore fishing zone ranges from Cape Cod to the eastern edge of the Maine coast.

Herring are an important bait fish, especially in the lobster fishery. A shortage of the fish in offshore waters caused a bait shortage in New England during the summer.

 AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ Interstate regulators will hold hearings for fishermen throughout New England about a plan to amend some of the rules for Atlantic herring fishing.

PORTLAND, Maine - Fishery regulators are shutting down herring fishing in the inshore Gulf of Maine because fishermen are approaching their catch limit for the important bait fish.

The National Marine Fisheries Service projects more than 90 percent of the catch quota for the area will be harvested by Nov. 2. The inshore Gulf of Maine will close at noon that day and remain shut down until further notice.

Atlantic herring fishing is a major industry on the East Coast that accounted for more than $29 million in value and 200 million pounds of fish in 2014.

By Patrick Whittle, The Associated Press
ROCKLAND, Maine - Conservationists and rival fishermen are raising concerns about the high catches of Atlantic herring taking place in New England waters.

The little fish is in high demand in part because of its key role as bait for Maine's lobster industry, which is experiencing record catches in recent years.