New York to limit to amount of herring fish allowed to catch

Published On: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 5:34 AM
By: Shifra Unger
The days of fishing unlimited herring from the waters in New York from the Hudson River, which dates back to colonial times, may be coming to an end.

Faced with plummeting numbers of herring in the river and elsewhere along the Atlantic coast, the Department of Environmental Conservation proposes a first ever limit on the amount of the popular fish that can be captured.

Under the proposals, the fishermen would be able to land with maximum 10 herring between March 15 and June 15, when hundreds of thousands of small fish come from the Atlantic by the river north to Troy Dam to spawn.

The fishermen usually use herring as bait for bass, a popular sport fish that also comes on the river in the spring and feed on herring.