MENHADEN: State Fishery Closed Wednesday, June 23, 2021.

Maine Department of Marine Resources would like to inform all Menhaden Commercial licensed harvesters that the state allocated quota has been reached and the state allocated menhaden fishery closed Wednesday, June 23 at 12:01 a.m. All harvesting of menhaden will be prohibited, with the exception of non-commercial (Menhaden Non-Commercial licensed harvesters) and recreational harvesting, until further notice.

Effective closure date: Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Planning Ahead: Episodic Event Set Aside

Maine DMR has requested participation in the Episodic Event Set Aside program (EESA) from ASMFC and is awaiting the determination of that request. Maine DMR intends to reopen the menhaden fishery under the following limitations:

  • Harvest to resume on Friday, June 25, 2021 at 12:01 a.m.

  • Harvest schedule limited to Tuesdays and Fridays, only

  • Weekly vessel limit is 14,000 pounds or 40 barrels

  • Reporting of landings is SAME DAY as landing, electronically


REMINDER: As of this season, daily harvest reports are required for BOTH the state allocated AND the episodic event fisheries, the SAME day as landing, before 11:59 p.m. DMR have seen significant late reporting this season, which impacts Maine's ability to stay within the quota, and which has implications for this fishery at ASMFC.

Failure to comply with reporting requirements, as described in Chapter 41.20, is a violation of the regulation. Please be aware that violation of this regulation may result in license suspension. It is very important to complete your landings report on the same day as your 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 menhaden fishery management, please contact or 207-441-5040.

For operational questions on the menhaden fishery, please contact your local patrol officer, or reach out to your Division Lt.