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November 24, 2009


Atlantic Herring Fishery to Close November 26, 2009–May 31, 2010

DURHAM, N.H. -- Commercial fishermen will be prohibited from landing Atlantic herring taken from Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) after 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, November 26, 2009, because herring harvesters will have reached 95% of the allowable harvest quota for the period.  The closure will remain in effect through midnight on May 31, 2010, as decided at a recent meeting of the ASMFC herring section.

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. 

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. 

Landing restrictions for Atlantic herring for the period June 1 – December 31, 2010, will be established at a later date, following a meeting of the ASMFC Atlantic Herring Section.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is the guardian of the state’s marine, fish and wildlife resources and their habitats.  Visit www.WildNH.com/marine.

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