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DMR Home > Species Info > Herring > Fishery Management > New Hampshire-Massachusetts Spawning Area, 2012 continuation

Herring Spawning Regulations for the "New Hampshire/Massachusetts Spawning Area" are in Effect October 30 through November 12, 2012

Recent sampling of the commercial fishery indicates that herring spawning activity continues in the New Hampshire/Massachusetts Spawning Area. As such, The Maine Department of Marine Resources continues the herring spawning closure regulations, which affect the capture of spawning herring in state and federal waters, for this area. This action will be in effect 12:01 AM October 30 until 12:01 AM November 13, 2012.

It shall be unlawful to fish for, take, possess, transfer, or land in any State of Maine port or facility, or to transfer at sea from any Maine registered vessel, any catch of herring harvested from the following described area

All waters bounded by the Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine coasts, and
43° 30’ N and 70° 00’ W.

Herring taken legally outside the New Hampshire/Massachusetts Spawning Area may be transported through the area, only if all fishing gear has been stowed.

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, or call the DMR Boothbay Harbor Laboratory (633-9500).

map of herring management areas