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March 28, 2014

Atlantic Herring Area "Day Out" Meeting Set for April 15


DURHAM, N.H. -- Atlantic Herring Section members from the states of Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts will meet at 1:00 PM on April 15, 2014, to discuss “days out” measures for the 2014 Area 1A fishing season from June 1 to September 30.  This meeting, a proceeding of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC), will take place at the New Hampshire Urban Forestry Center at 45 Elwyn Road, Portsmouth, NH 03801. 

The 2014 Area 1A sub-annual catch limit is set at 31,200 metric tons (mt) and the quota is seasonally split with 72.8% allocated from June 1 – September 30 and 27.2% allocated from October 1 – December 31.

In 2012, the Area 1A sub-quota was under-harvested by 3,366 mt. The rollover provision of Addendum VI allows for up to 10% of a management area’s quota to be carried over to the first fishing year after final landings data are available. Therefore, the Area 1A will be adjusted for a new total allowable catch of 33,967 mt. Additionally, 295 mt is set aside for the fixed gear fishery.

Fishermen are prohibited from landing more than 2,000 pounds of Atlantic herring harvested from Area 1A until June 1, 2014.

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