Atlantic Herring Area 1A Fishery Moves to Zero Landing Days for Season 1 on August 3, 2021

The following is being shared on behalf of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, AUGUST 2, 2021 PRESS CONTACT, TINA BERGER, 703.842.0749

The Area 1A (inshore Gulf of Maine) Atlantic herring fishery is projected to have harvested 92% of the Season 1 (June 1 - September 30) allocation by August 3, 2021. Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, August 3, 2021, the Area 1A fishery will move to zero landing days through September 30, 2021, as specified in Amendment 3 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Herring.

Vessels participating in other fisheries may not possess more than 2,000 pounds of Atlantic herring per trip per day harvested from Area 1A. In addition, all vessels traveling through Area 1A must have all seine and mid-water trawl gear stowed.

Atlantic Herring Management Board members from Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts are expected to reconvene in September via conference call to set effort controls for the 2021 Area 1A fishery for Season 2 (October 1 December 31). An announcement will be issued once the meeting is scheduled.

For more information, please contact Emilie Franke, Fishery Management Plan Coordinator, at 703.842.0740 or efranke@asmfc.org

The announcement can be found at http://www.asmfc.org/files/AtlHerring/AtlHerringSeason1ZeroLandings082021.pdf

Tina Berger Director of Communications Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission 1050 N. Highland Street, Suite 200A-N Arlington, VA 22201 703.842.0740 www.asmfc.org

Sustainable and Cooperative Management of Atlantic Coastal Fisheries