River Herring


The River Herring Network is a professional society for river herring wardens & volunteers, and a clearinghouse of information for river herring enthusiasts. 

It began in 2011 with a grant from the Mass Bays Program.  It is now directed by a 12 member steering committee with support from the Barnstable County Cape Cod Cooperative Extension Marine Program, Woods Hole Sea Grant, the Division of Marine Fisheries, Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance, and the Cape Cod Conservation District.

The mission of the River Herring Network is to:

  • Facilitate communication among herring wardens in MA
  • Support herring wardens in their role as active participants in local, state, and federal fisheries management processes
  • Gather and disseminate relevant information for wardens and volunteers
  • Document and communicate local management practices, and the natural and cultural history of herring runs

The website riverherringnetwork.org provides

The annual meeting takes place in October or November and provides an opportunity for herring wardens and volunteers to network with each other.  It is also a forum to hear and discuss management and research updates from MA Division of Marine Fisheries, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service, Local Non Profit Organization, and Academic Institutions.  To see presentations from annual meetings 2011-2019 please click on the link below.

Annual Meeting Presentations