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Notice to Atlantic Herring Fishery: Atlantic Sea Herring Management Plan Area 1A, Effective June 1, 2013

ASMFC Section members from the States of Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts discussed 2013 Area 1A effort controls at a meeting in Durham, NH on April 29, 2013. At this meeting it was decided that states would allow seven landings days per week beginning June 1, 2013 unless changed by a further notice. The States will meet again on July 8, 2013 in Durham, NH to review the rate of catch and discuss further changes as necessary.

Landing Restrictions:

Effective June 1, 2013 at 00:01, it is lawful to land Atlantic herring in the State of Maine taken from ASMFC Management Area 1A all seven days a week unless changed by a further 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.

Clarification Notice to Atlantic Herring Fishery, May 13, 2013:

Maine Department of Marine Resources
Clarification Notice to Atlantic Herring Fishery
Atlantic Sea Herring Management Plan
Area 1A Effort Reduction Provisions

It shall be unlawful to fish for, take or land Atlantic herring in ASMFC Management Area 1A until 00:01, June 1, 2013.

Addendum 1 to Amendment 2 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Herring specifies that determination of the annual quota specifications; including quota periods, overharvest measures, rollover and days out are to be determined before or at the ASMFC annual meeting. The ASMFC Atlantic Herring Section met on October 22, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and agreed to prohibit directed fishing in Area 1A until June 1, 2013 and to set the 2013 Area 1A seasonal allocation at 72.8% of the quota June 1 – September 30 and 27.2% from October 1 - December 30. The Section also agreed to close Area 1A at 95% of the quota and to allow the rollover of unused quota from the two periods.

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. 

map of atlantic herring management areas

This page was updated May 15, 2013.