Pursuant to 322 CMR 9.00, the Marine Fisheries Advisory Commission approved Atlantic sea herring days-out for Management Area 1A as enacted by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Atlantic Sea Herring Section’s Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts Commissioners.

The Division of Marine Fisheries (MarineFisheries) is providing this notice detailing the days-out specifications for the 2011 Atlantic sea herring fishery in Management Area 1A (see map below) from June 1 – July 17, 2011: 

Herring Management Areas

Vessels in the directed sea herring fishery:

◦During June 1 – June 26 vessels in the directed fishery are allowed to land Atlantic sea herring only on Mondays and Tuesdays and are prohibited from landing Atlantic sea herring from Wednesday through Sunday;
◦These vessels may only land Atlantic sea herring once per day on Mondays and Tuesdays;
◦There will be a default closure option authorizing no landing days from June 27 – July 17.

Vessels in the non-directed fishery:

◦From June 1 – July 17 vessels may retain an incidental bycatch daily trip limit of sea herring, provided it does not exceed 2,000 lbs. These vessels are not subject to days-out specifications.

ASMFC Commissioners from Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire will meet on June 24, 2011 to assess catch rates and landings relative to the Area 1A quota.  At that time days-out specifications will be made for the July 18 – September 30, 2011 period, with the goal of authorizing at least three landing days per week.  The Commissioners may also lift the default closure period and authorize landing days between June 27 and July 17, 2011; this decision is dependent on June catch rates and landing data and projected available quota after providing the July 18 – September 30, 2011 period with at least three landing days per week.

Information about this meeting will be made available through ASMFC (www.asmfc.org).

For further information regarding Atlantic sea herring management please visit our website at www.mass.gov/marinefisheries.