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September 6, 2013

Atlantic Herring Closure for Area 1A Effective September 9, 2013

DURHAM, N.H. – Commercial fishermen will be prohibited from landing Atlantic herring taken from Management Area 1A (the near shore waters from Cape Cod to the Maine/Canadian border) effective 12:01 a.m. on Monday, September 9, 2013 through midnight September 30, 2013, because herring harvesters are projected to reach the allowable harvest quota for the June 1 to September 30 period.

The landing restriction is in accordance with the 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.

An exception to the rule is that any vessel may land herring taken as an incidental catch in ASMFC Management Area 1A, up to a maximum of 2,000 pounds.

Beginning October 1, the period 2 quota for Area 1A will be available for harvest and fishing for herring will be permitted in the portions of Area 1A not under a spawning closure.  The period 2 fishery will remain open until December 31 or when 92% of the Area 1A quota is projected to be harvested, whichever comes first.  For more information about the closure, call N.H. Fish and Game’s Marine Fisheries Division, located in Fish and Game’s Region 3 Office in Durham, 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. 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.  Visit wildnh.com/marine.

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