Posted on December 14, 2017


The New England Fishery Management Council is soliciting the services of an independent contractor to update a January 2015 discussion document that reviewed and summarized management and legal considerations associated with adding river herring and shad as stocks in the Atlantic herring fishery. The application deadline is January 15, 2018.

PURPOSE: Back in 2015, the Council agreed to update the discussion document in three years and revisit the river herring/shad issue. Recognizing that new research and data collection efforts have taken place and knowing that management guidance and legal considerations have evolved since the initial discussion document was developed, the goal of this 2018 update is to summarize all available information to support important Council deliberations related to the potential management of river herring and shad.

DISCUSSION DOCUMENT: Materials related to the initial discussion are posted on the Council’s website.

  • The 2015 document, titled “Adding River Herring and Shad as Stocks in the Atlantic Herring Fishery: Updated Information and Discussion of Management and Legal Considerations,” is available HERE.

WHAT’S INVOLVED: The contractor, under the overall direction of the New England Council’s herring plan coordinator, will research and summarize information for the updated discussion document. The contractor will be the primary author and will present the resulting information to various audiences, including the Council’s Herring Plan Development Team and the full Council, which tentatively is scheduled to review the updated document in April 2018.

WHO AND WHEN: Interested professionals are encouraged to submit a letter of interest, current resume or CV, examples of similar work completed for other organizations or publications, and a budget with expected expenses – minus travel, which will be reimbursed by the Council – no later than January 15, 2018. Detailed information about the skills and experience the Council is looking for in the contractor are outlined in the announcement.

WHERE: Application materials should be addressed to Executive Director Thomas Nies, New England Fishery Management Council, 50 Water Street, Mill 2, Newburyport, MA 01950. Emailed submissions should be sent to

QUESTIONS: In addition to the executive director, questions also may be directed to Herring Plan Coordinator Deirdre Boelke, (978) 465-0492, ext. 105,