On May 6, 2014 the Marine Fisheries Advisory Commission approved the Director of the Division of Marine Fisheries’ recommendation for the 2014 days out schedule for trimester 2 (June 1 – September 30) in the Management Area 1A Atlantic sea herring schedule.  This schedule was developed based on the specification made by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s (ASMFC) Atlantic Sea Herring Section on April 17, 2014.  Pursuant to the authority at 322 CMR 9.05(1), the Director of Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries hereby declares the following days out schedule:

map of herring spawning area
  • June 1 – September 30, 2014
    During this period, vessels in the directed fishery for Atlantic sea herring are authorized to land Atlantic sea herring Monday through Friday. The directed fishery will take days-out on Saturdays and Sundays.

    On any day-out, a vessel may possess and land up to 2,000 pounds of Atlantic sea herring per trip, provided they do not land more than once per day.

The ASMFC’s Atlantic Sea Herring Section will hold conference calls on July 2, 2014 and July 23, 2014 to review fishing effort and landings data to determine if adjustments to the days-out schedule are necessary.

For further information regarding Atlantic sea herring management please visit the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission website (www.asmfc.org) or our website at (www.mass.gov/marinefisheries). 
You may reach the Division of Marine Fisheries at 617-626-1520.