Based on recent MarineFisheries’ commercial fishery sampling, the default sea herring spawning closure will take effect as scheduled. Effective 00:01 hours on Friday, September 21, it shall be unlawful to possess or land sea herring caught from the Massachusetts/New Hampshire Spawning Area (322 CMR 9.00). This closure will last 28 days, through 24:00 hours on Thursday, October 18, unless otherwise notified. The Director may extend the closure beyond October 18 if MarineFisheries’ sampling indicates that spawning is ongoing.
Spawning area boundaries begin at the intersection of 43°30' N latitude and the Maine coast, then in a SW direction along the coast to the intersection of 70°00' W longitude with the Cape Cod shoreline, then north along 70°00'W to its intersection with 43°30' N latitude, then along the 43°30N line back to the coast.
Vessels participating in other fisheries may retain an incidental catch of herring that does not exceed more than 2,000 lbs of herring per trip.