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August 5, 2010                          

Atlantic Herring Landing Days Announced

DURHAM, N.H. – Allowable landing days for Atlantic herring (sea herring) for the remainder of the year were set this week by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commissioners from the states of Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.
Currently landings are roughly 15,000 metric tons below the Period I quota.

After a public comment period and discussion, ASMFC Atlantic Herring Section members agreed to 7 landing days per week (no closed days) from August 9 to September 30, 2010 (Period I) or until the quota for that period is harvested; and 2 landing days per week (Monday and Tuesday) from October 1 – December 31, 2010 (Period II) or until the quota for Period II is harvested.  All other days are considered ‘days out’ of the fishery.

Section members may hold another "days out" meeting or conference call if actual catch rates during the rest of the 2010 fishing season differ substantially from predicted catch rates; "days out" will be adjusted as necessary.

Vessels are prohibited from landing more than 2,000 pounds of Atlantic herring on a "day out" of the fishery. 

For more information contact the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Marine Fisheries Division 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 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.  Visit www.wildnh.com/marine.

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