Herring Buffer Zone
Herring and other small schooling fish are crucial to the ocean ecosystem because they provide food for larger fish and marine mammals. Yet vast quantities of these forage fish are removed by large-scale midwater trawlers with detrimental ripple effects.
Cape Cod fishermen had a major victory this year. On September 25th, the New England Fishery Management Council voted overwhelmingly to enact a coast-wide 12- mile buffer with additional protections off the back side of the Cape and Nantucket that extend out to 25 miles.This buffer will protect forage fish and the livelihoods of the small boat fleet that rely on them from the impacts of industrial midwater trawl vessels.