Notice to all Commercial Pelagic and Anadromous License holders targeting Menhaden

Maine's state allocated quota of 2.4 million pounds has been reached and the directed menhaden fishery will be CLOSED starting Friday, June 19 at 12:01 a.m. All harvesting and landing of menhaden will be prohibited, with the exception of recreational (hook and line) and personal use/no sale harvest by those with existing authorized permits, until further notice.

Effective closure date: June 19, 2020

Maine DMR is seeking approval from ASMFC for participation in the Episodic Event fishery. Further notice will be provided next week regarding when the Episodic Events fishery will open, and any further restrictions on harvesting.


REMINDER: All daily harvest reports are required 24 hours after landing.

Reporting through LEEDS

Reporting through NOAA FISH ONLINE

DMR Menhaden Webpage

Need help with electronic reporting? Please contact Marissa.L.DeCosta@maine.gov or 207-633-9566 or Rob.Watts@maine.gov or 207-633-9412

For any questions on the menhaden fishery, please contact Melissa.Smith@maine.gov or 207-624-6558.