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Doug Grout: (603) 868-1095
Renee Zobel: (603) 868-1095
Liza Poinier: (603) 271-3211
November 24, 2010

Atlantic Herring Management Area 1A Reopened

DURHAM, N.H. – The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has estimated the quota for ASMFC Atlantic herring Management Area 1A has not yet been harvested. The directed herring fishery in Area 1A will be reopened effective 12:01 a.m. on Monday, November 29, 2010, and will close effective 12:01 a.m. on Friday, December 3, 2010. Atlantic herring Management Area 1A will reopen at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, June 1, 2011 unless further amended.

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 any vessel may land herring taken as 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.

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.

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