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Notice to Atlantic Herring Fishery: Atlantic Sea Herring Management Plan Area 1A Effort Reduction Provisions, Effective June 1, 2012

Section members from the States of Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts discussed 2012 Area 1A effort controls at a meeting in Durham, NH on April 17, 2012. At this meeting it was decided that states would allow two landings days per week beginning June 3, 2101 until June 26, 2012. It was also decided that beginning July 1, 2012 the states would allow four landing days per week until July 12, 2012, and that beginning July 15, 2012 the states would allow seven landing days per week until September 30, 2012 or until changed by an additional notice. The States will meet again on July 2, 2012 and July 25, 2012 to review the rate of catch and discuss further changes as necessary.

Landing Restrictions:

Effective June 1, 2012 until further notice, it is unlawful to land Atlantic herring in the State of Maine taken from ASMFC Management Area 1A, except:

Vessels may only land once during any 24 hour period as follows:

  • Vessels may land two times per week between Sunday, 6 PM to Tuesday, 6 PM from June 3, 2012 to June 26, 2012.
  • Vessels may land four times per week between Sunday, 6 PM to Thursday, 6 PM from July 1, 2012 to July 12, 2012.
  • Vessels may land seven days a week beginning Sunday July 15, 2012 until September 30, 2012 or until or until changed by an additional notice.

Exceptions:

  • Any vessel may land herring as an incidental catch caught in ASMFC Management Area 1A in any Maine port, as long as such herring do not comprise more than 2,000 pounds per trip and such herring does not constitute more than 10% of the catch by weight.
  • Fixed gear fisherman (weirs and stop seines) are not subject to this provision.

For more details, please contact your local Marine Patrol Division Headquarters (Div I 633-9595, Div II 667-3373) or your local marine patrol officer. 

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This page was posted April 23, 2012.