ARLINGTON, Va. — The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Atlantic Herring Section members from Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, with input from industry, set a “days out” effort control measure to allow four landing days per week during the remainder of the 2014 fishing season. Trimester 3 (Oct. 1 through Dec. 31) has a total allowable catch of 8,142 metric tons.
Vessels may fish and land sea herring from 12:01 a.m. on Mondays up to midnight on Thursdays during Trimester 3. Friday, Saturday and Sundays are “no landing” days. States may implement different start and finish times for the four consecutive landings days.
In addition, the spawning areas in Western Maine are closed until Oct. 18. An incidental by-catch allowance of up to 2,000 pounds of herring per trip for non-directed fisheries is permitted during the closures in the two spawning areas. Landings will be monitored closely and the directed fishery will be closed when 92 percent of Trimester 3’s adjusted quota is projected to be reached.