DURHAM, N.H. — The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Atlantic Herring Section held a meeting on September 16, 2016, to set the ‘Days Out’ for the Trimester 3 period of October 1 through December 31. The 2016 Area 1A allowable catch was set at 30,102 metric tons and seasonal quotas of 72.8% available from June 1 through September 30 and 27.2% available from October 1 through December 31.
Effective Saturday, October 1, 2016, commercial harvesters will be prohibited from landing Atlantic herring taken from Management Area 1A on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The restriction applies from 12:01 a.m. on Thursday to 11:59 p.m. on Sundays.
The restrictions shall remain in effect until 92% of the Total Allowable Catch for the period October through December in Area 1A is projected to be exceeded, or until further amended.
Atlantic herring harvesters and dealers should also be aware the Massachusetts/New Hampshire Spawning Area, which includes areas within the jurisdiction of New Hampshire, will be closed from 12:01 a.m. on October 2, 2016, through 11:59 p.m. on October 29, 2016 (pursuant to Fis 603.07). It is unlawful to fish for, take, or possess unprocessed herring during this closure.
An exception to the rule is that any vessel may land herring taken as an incidental catch in the Massachusetts/New Hampshire Spawning Area or in Management Area 1A, up to a maximum of 2,000 pounds per calendar day. This does not prevent the landing of Atlantic herring taken from an area not under a closure or restriction provided the vessel is equipped with a functional vessel monitoring system.
This spawning closure may be extended by the Executive Director if results of the herring samples collected at the end of the closure indicate spawning is ongoing.
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, N.H. Visit www.wildnh.com/marine.