On April 30, 2013 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 the directed commercial Atlantic sea herring fishery in Management Area 1A. 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 to declare days-out specifications for the landing of Atlantic sea herring in Massachusetts harvested in Management Area 1A. The MFAC will vote at its May 16, 2013 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 are authorized to land Atlantic sea herring seven days per week. The fishery will take no days-out. Vessels may land sea herring only once per day.
The ASMFC’s Atlantic Sea Herring Section will meet on July 8, 2013 to review landings data and fishing effort resulting from seven landing days per week. Following this meeting the days out schedule may be adjusted. The meeting will be held at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Region 3 Office and Marine Fisheries Division, 225 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824.
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.