On September 27, 2013 the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s (ASMFC) Sea Herring Section states of Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts approved a days-out schedule for the directed commercial sea herring fishery in Management Area 1A. Pursuant to 322 CMR 9.05, the Massachusetts Marine Fisheries Advisory Commission (MFAC) has reviewed and approved the days-out schedule. The Director of the Division of Marine Fisheries hereby declares the following specifications for the commercial Atlantic sea herring fishery in Management Area 1A:
Days-Out for October 1 – Until Further Notice
Effective today, October 1, 2013 until further notice, vessels in the directed Management Area 1A sea herring fishery are authorized to land sea herring on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays without trip limits. The fishery will take days-out on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. On any day-out vessels may possess and land only 2,000 lbs of sea herring. A vessel may not land sea herring more than once per day.
The Massachusetts – New Hampshire Spawning Area Closure is unaffected by this days-out declaration. All vessels fishing in Management Area 1A that catch, retain and land more than 2,000 lbs of sea herring during any trip must be fishing in areas outside of the Massachusetts – New Hampshire Spawning Area. Through Sunday, October 6, 2013, no commercial fishing vessel is authorized to possess or land more than 2,000 lbs of sea herring taken from the Massachusetts – New Hampshire Spawning Area. The spawning closure will be lifted at 12:01 AM on Monday, October 7, 2013 and the area will re-open to directed fishing for sea herring. All vessels in possession of more than 2,000 pounds of sea herring may transit the Massachusetts – New Hampshire Spawning Area provided their gear is stowed and fishing operations are not being conducted.
The ASMFC’s Sea Herring Section will monitor landings and may act to adjust the Management Area 1A days-out or close the 2013 commercial fishery in Management Area 1A if the commercial Atlantic sea herring quota for this area is taken.
You may reach the Division of Marine Fisheries at 617-626-1520.