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November 13, 2009

Additional Sea Herring Landing Day Allowed

DURHAM, N.H. -- Commercial harvesters will have an additional day per week to fish for Atlantic herring (sea herring) starting Monday, November 16, 2009. After a recent review of catch rates, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) Atlantic Herring Section has announced an increase the allowable landing days from 2 to 3 days per week. Fishermen will be allowed to harvest sea herring on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday each week until further notice.

The current sea herring harvest is around 10,000 metric tons less than predicted, according to ASMFC. The increase in allowable days was made to provide fishermen with an opportunity to more fully utilize the Area 1A quota for Atlantic herring.

ASMFC’s Atlantic Herring Fishery Management Plan addresses the need to control effort in the fishery to prevent exceeding the total allowable catch for each management area and to prevent the early closure of a management area. In recent years, Management Area 1A has been of particular concern because the Total Allowable Catch has been harvested before peak market demands abate in the autumn. States involved in the herring fishery, such as New Hampshire, are authorized to control effort through landing restrictions.

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.

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 www.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 www.wildnh.com/marine.

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