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Every year during spawning season, herring migrate from the Atlantic Ocean to the Chowan River where fishermen take their harvest to Perry-Wynn's Fish Company. The writer provides a vivid look at the lives of fishermen on the Chowan River and work at Perry-Wynn's Fish Company.
The schools of river herring once came in droves to the waters of North Carolina but recently the river herring catch has plummeted by more than 1.4 million pounds. Causes of river herring reduction come from water pollution that causes blue-green algae to deplete the oxygen supply to eggs and young fish, while dams and other water projects have altered the natural flow of rivers that alter the natural instincts of the herring.
River herring migrate into the Chowan River each spring, but pollution, foreign fishing, and unknown pressures have led to less abundant herring runs. In January, herring were abundant offshore North Carolina, but no one can predict how many will make it to the river.