Atlantic Coast River Herring Collaborative Forum
Also known as the River Herring Forum, is an information exchange venue to bring together river herring practitioners, managers, researchers, and community groups from across the species range.
What is the River Herring Forum?
The Atlantic Coast River Herring Collaborative Forum (River Herring Forum) is an information exchange venue to bring together river herring practitioners, managers, researchers, and community groups from across the species range. This forum is co-chaired by NOAA Fisheries and Atlantic States Marine Fisheries (ASMFC) staff. The purpose of the River Herring Forum is to promote the conservation of the species, support information exchange, and encourage collaboration.
The River Herring Forum is a renaming of the River Herring Technical Expert Working Group (TEWG) that first came together in the spring of 2014. The TEWG was a committee established by NOAA Fisheries and the ASMFC to address the data deficiencies associated with river herring and support the development of a river herring conservation plan. The river herring conservation plan was released in 2015 with the goals of increasing public awareness about river herring, stimulating cooperative research efforts, and coordinating efforts to conserve the species.
After completion of the river herring conservation plan, the TEWG remained active to support continued collaboration and information exchange. This refined focus warranted a new name to reflect the group’s continued role in supporting river herring conservation. After many alternatives were considered, we landed on the Atlantic Coast River Herring Collaborative Forum. This new name reflects the species and their range, as well as the purpose of the venue. In addition to the name change, our collaboration with ASMFC has led to changes in the meeting format and organization. Our goal for the River Herring Forum is to create a format that attracts a diverse audience interested in engaging in meaningful discussions pertaining to the future of river herring science, management, conservation, and restoration.
When Does the River Herring Forum Meet?
The River Herring Forum meets biannually each spring and fall. For 2021, the meeting dates will be:
- March 29, 2021
- November 1, 2021
The River Herring Forum meets virtually. This allows greater participation from across the species range. Agendas and conferencing details are provided ahead of each meeting.