Doug Grout: (603) 868-1095
Renee Zobel: (603) 868-1095
May 11, 2018
DURHAM, NH — The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Atlantic Herring Section established the allowable “days out” measures for 2018 commercial herring harvesters at a meeting on April 25, 2018.
The 2018 Area 1A allowable catch was set at 31,962 metric tons and seasonal quotas of 72.8% available from June 1 – September 30 and 27.2% available from October 1 – December 30.
Beginning June 4, vessels with federal herring Category A permits that have declared into the June through September fishery in Area 1A may land herring on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. These vessels may harvest and land up to 480,000 pounds per harvester vessel, per week. Eighty-thousand pounds of the 480,000-pound weekly limit may be transferred to a carrier vessel. Herring harvester vessels may transfer at-sea to other herring harvester vessels. Carrier vessels may not land Atlantic herring caught from Herring Management Area 1A in New Hampshire.
Small mesh bottom trawl vessels with a federal herring Category C or D permit that have declared into the June through September fishery in Area 1A may land herring seven days per week.
The Atlantic Herring Section members will meet via conference call to review the fishing effort, if needed, on the following dates and times:
- Tuesday, June 26 at 10:00 a.m.
- Tuesday, July 17 at 10:00 a.m.
- Wednesday, August 8 (time TBD)
The public is invited to participate and public comment will be taken as time permits. For more information, please contact Megan Ware, Fishery Management Plan Coordinator, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or (703) 842-0740, or Doug Grout at NH Fish and Game Department, Marine Division, at (603) 868-1095.
The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission coordinates the conservation and management of the 15 Atlantic coast states’ shared near-shore fishery resources — marine, shell, and anadromous — for sustainable use. Visit www.asmfc.org.
The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is the guardian of the state’s marine, fish and wildlife resources and their habitats. The Department’s Marine Fisheries Division is located in Durham, NH. Visit www.wildnh.com/marine.