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Doug Grout: (603) 868-1095
Renee Zobel: (603) 868-1095
September 27, 2013

Atlantic Herring Landing Days Announced

DURHAM, N.H. – Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commissioners from the states of Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts held a conference call with industry representatives present and set the allowable landing days for Trimester III (October 1-December 31, 2013) for Management Area 1A of the Atlantic herring fishery.  The following landing days were set for Area 1A: 4 landing days beginning Tuesday, October 1, 2013. Landing days begin on 12:01 AM Monday each week and run through midnight Thursday. All other days are designated as "days out" of the fishery. The restrictions shall remain in effect until 92% of the Total Allowable Catch is projected to be exceeded, or until further amended. Vessels are prohibited from landing more than 2,000 pounds of Atlantic herring on a "day out" of the fishery. 
The landing restriction is in accordance with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) Atlantic Herring 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.
As a reminder, the Massachusetts/New Hampshire Spawning Area closure is in effect through midnight October 6, 2013. 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. It is unlawful to fish for, take, land or possess unprocessed herring from the spawning area during this closure.
For more information about the restrictions 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 coordinates the conservation and management of the 15 Atlantic coast states' shared near-shore fishery resources -- marine, shell and anadromous -- for sustainable use.  Visit 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 wildnh.com/marine.

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