One herring, two herring, three herring more
OK, maybe counting herring doesn’t make a good Dr. Suess book. But the state Department of Environmental Conservation is looking for volunteers to help it monitor the river herring population in the Hudson River and its tributaries.
The fish spend most of their lives in the ocean but return each spring to the Hudson and its tribs to spawn. The play an important economic and ecological role in the river, becoming prey for larger fish and a sought-after quarry for commercial and recreational fishermen.
“Although a valuable resource, river herring stocks along the East Coast are declining. No single cause has been identified, but it is likely a combination of dams (which restrict their migrations into tributaries to spawn), invasive species such as the zebra mussel, over fishing, bycatch losses (caught in fisheries that target other species), and increases in predator populations,” according to the DEC.
Volunteers are needed to watch specific sites and get a sense if herring are using the tributary.