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Atlantic Herring Spawning Closure Extended

Doug Grout: (603) 868-1095
Renee Zobel: (603) 868-1095

October 27, 2017

DURHAM, N.H. -- Samples of Atlantic herring taken from the Massachusetts/New Hampshire Spawning Area, which is currently under a spawning closure, have indicated that spawning is ongoing.  The N.H. Fish and Game Executive Director may extend the closure for 14 days if results of the herring samples collected in the last week of or at the end of the closure indicate spawning is ongoing (pursuant to Fis 603.07).


Atlantic herring harvesters and dealers should be aware that the spawning closure of the Massachusetts/New Hampshire Spawning Area, which includes areas within the jurisdiction of New Hampshire, will be extended and closed from 12:01 a.m. on October 29, 2017, through 11:59 p.m. on November 11 2017.  It is unlawful to fish for, take, or possess unprocessed herring during this closure.


An exception to the rule is that any vessel may land herring taken as an incidental catch in the Massachusetts/New Hampshire Spawning Area or in Management Area 1A, up to a maximum of 2,000 pounds per calendar day. This does not prevent the landing of Atlantic herring taken from an area not under a closure provided the vessel is equipped with a functional vessel monitoring system.


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


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

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