Herring Buffer Zone
Herring and other small schooling fish are crucial to the ocean ecosystem because they provide food for larger fish and marine mammals. Yet vast quantities of these forage fish are removed by large-scale midwater trawlers with detrimental ripple effects.
Cape Cod fishermen are engaged in an ongoing campaign to fight the harmful effects that mid-water trawlers have by removing the forage base from the inshore ecosystem. We want the waters close to the shore to have an abundance of small fish in order to maintain a healthy balance in the foodweb. By creating a year round buffer zone that moves these vessels further off shore, we can protect resources our fishermen bring back to the cape.