DURHAM, N.H. — Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commissioners from the states of Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts have met and set the allowable landing days for the beginning of the 2013 Management Area 1A Atlantic Herring fishery.
Recently approved increases to the allowable catch limits for herring, combined with reduced harvest rates in recent years, resulted in a decision not to restrict the number of landing days per week beginning June 1, 2013.
There will be 7 landing days each week with no “days out” of the fishery until 95% of the June through September total allowable catch has been reached or until modified.
Commissioners will meet again at 10 a.m. on July 8, 2013, to discuss further “days out” measures for the rest of the 2013 fishing season.
The meetings will take place at the Region 3 Office, 225 Main Street, Durham, N.H.
Any landing restrictions are in accordance with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) Atlantic Herring Fishery Management Plan, which addresses the need to control “effort” (fishing days) in the fishery to prevent harvesters from exceeding the Total Allowable Catch for each management area, which can trigger early closure.
Management Area 1A is of particular concern because in recent years the Total Allowable Catch has been harvested before peak market demands abate in the autumn. States involved in the herring fishery are allowed to extend the fishery by controlling fishing effort through landing restrictions. The goal is to provide a consistent supply of herring to the market by controlling landings, particularly early in the season when herring may be localized in Area 1A.
For more information about this action call N.H. Fish and Game’s Marine Fisheries Division, located in the Department’s Region 3 Office in Durham, N.H., at 603-868-1095.
The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission serves as a deliberative body coordinating the conservation and management of the 15 Atlantic coast states’ shared near-shore fishery resources for sustainable use.
The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is the guardian of the state’s marine, fish and wildlife resources and their habitats.