On April 17, 2014 the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s (ASMFC) Atlantic Sea Herring Section (consisting of Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts Commissioners) approved a days out schedule for Trimester 2 (June 1 – September 30) in the Management Area 1A directed commercial Atlantic sea herring fishery. Pursuant to 322 CMR 9.05, the Massachusetts Marine Fisheries Advisory Commission (MFAC) will review the proposed schedule and vote to authorize the Director of the Division of Marine Fisheries (MarineFisheries) to declare days-out specifications for the landing of Atlantic sea herring in Massachusetts harvested in Management Area 1A. The Massachusetts Marine Fisheries Advisory Commission will vote to adopt this schedule at its May 8, 2014 MFC business meeting.
The ASMFC-approved days-out schedule is as follows:
- June 1, 2013 – September 30, 2013
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.