You are here: Home Homestead Living Activism/Events Save River Herring Save River Herring The National Marine Fisheries Service has decided the status of the river herring merits review. However, the tiny fish that is a basis of the Atlantic ecosystem is not out of danger yet. by Heather Carr December 22, 2011, 2:00 am The National Marine Fisheries Service has decided the status of the river herring merits review. However, the tiny fish that is a basis of the Atlantic ecosystem is not out of danger yet. The term river herring includes both alewife and blueback herring. They’re a seagoing fish that spawns in rivers. River herring are an important source of food for many marine animals, from adorable dolphins to economically valuable commercial fish. The populations have been declining due to dams, habitat destruction, pollution, and overfishing. Now that the National Marine Fisheries Service has decided to review the status of the river herring, what next? Over the next year, scientific studies will be conducted to figure out exactly where the population of river herring stands, as well as what a commercially viable population would be. The worry is that the National Marine Fisheries Service will be pressured to cut corners or yield to outside pressures. The Pew Environment Group has a form to fill out and make sure your voice is heard. Image rook76 / Shutterstock.com See more Previous article Reducing the Nation’s Sodium Intake Next article Lemon-Ginger Roasted Vegetable Pie Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Upload a photo / attachment to this comment (PNG, JPG, GIF - 6 MB Max File Size): (Allowed file types: jpg, gif, png, maximum file size: 6MB.