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Doug Grout, NHFG: 603-868-1095
Tina Berger, ASMFC: 703-842-0740
June 14, 2013

Public Hearing July 8 on Atlantic Herring Draft Addendum VI – Durham, N.H.

DURHAM, N.H. -- The states of Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts have scheduled their hearings to gather public comment on Draft Addendum VI to Amendment 2 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for the Atlantic Herring.

The New Hampshire meeting will take place on July 8, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's Region 3 Office, 225 Main Street, Durham, N.H. For more information on the New Hampshire meeting, contact Fish and Game Marine Division Chief Doug Grout at 603.868.1095

Draft Addendum VI proposes several changes to the Atlantic herring management program, as follows: (1) allow seasonal splitting of the annual catch limit sub-components (sub-ACLs) for Areas 1B, 2, and 3; (2) allow up to 10% carryover of a sub-ACL for all management areas; (3) establish triggers to initiate the closing of directed fisheries, and (4) use the annual specification process to set triggers.

The Draft Addendum was initiated to establish consistent tools for all four management areas for Atlantic herring and to complement the New England Fishery Management Council’s Framework 2, which was submitted to NOAA Fisheries in February 2013. While the current Interstate FMP provides states the flexibility to split quota in Area 1A, it does not include provisions for seasonal splitting in Areas 1B, 2, and 3. The Draft Addendum proposes to allow for up to 10% of unused sub-ACL for all management areas to carry over from one year to the next. This provision would allow for unused quota to be rolled from one season to the next within the same fishing year.

Additionally, the Draft Addendum proposes triggers that would close directed fisheries (1) in a management area when 92% of a sub-ACL is projected to be reached and (2) stock-wide when 95% of the ACL is projected to be reached. A 2,000 pound bycatch allowance would continue after directed fisheries are closed. The 10% rollover provision is intended to provide greater flexibility to herring industry, while the triggers are intended to prevent overharvesting in individual management areas and coastwide.

Fishermen and other interested groups are encouraged to provide input on the Draft Addendum either by attending state public hearings or providing written comment. Draft Addendum VI is available at asmfc.org/speciesDocuments/herring/fmps/draftAtlHerringAddVI_PublicComment.pdf or by contacting the Commission at 703.842.0740. Public comment will be accepted until 5:00 PM (EST) on July 19, 2013, and should be forwarded to Melissa Yuen, FMP Coordinator, at 1050 N. Highland St., Suite 200 A-N, Arlington, VA 22201; 703.842.0741 (FAX) or myuen@asmfc.org (Subject line: Atlantic Herring Draft Addendum VI). For more information, contact Melissa Yuen at myuen@asmfc.org.

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