Puffin stuff: Herring rules could boost funny-looking bird
January 24, 2021
BATH, Maine (AP) — The commercial fishery for herring has suffered in recent years due to new restrictions, but those same rules could benefit some of Maine's most beloved birds — puffins.
Atlantic puffins, known for their colorful beaks and waddling walks, were once nearly gone from Maine, the only U.S. state where they nest. Decades of conservation work have brought Maine's population of the birds to about 1,300 pairs that nest on small islands off the coast.
Those same Gulf of Maine waters are an important area for the U.S. herring fishery. The fishery has had to contend with quota c...