Bait Crisis 2019

This presentation summarizes the issues facing the bait supply for 2019 and 2020. It highlights this issues it will cause for lobstermen and the possible new bait sources that can be used.

NOAA Fisheries Adjusts the Atlantic Herring Specifications for 2019

This in-season adjustment reduces 2018 Atlantic herring specifications and sub-annual catch limits (ACLs) for 2019 to prevent overfishing and lower the risk of the stock becoming overfished. The 2018 Atlantic herring stock assessment concluded that while Atlantic herring was not overfished and overfishing was not occurring in 2017, Atlantic herring catch would need to be reduced to prevent overfishing and lower the risk of the stock becoming overfished. The herring acceptable biological catch (ABC) we proposed for 2019, as well as the resulting ACL and sub-ACLs, while consistent with methods used to set recent specifications, were higher than limits recommended by the Council. The Council reviewed our proposed Atlantic herring catch limits for 2019 at its December 2018 meeting and recommended that we further reduce herring catch limits to better account for scientific uncertainty and achieve conservation and management objectives. For these reasons, we are reducing the herring specifications and sub-ACLs for 2019 consistent with the Council’s recommendations.

The Department of Marine Resources complies a list of acceptable baits for use in the Maine lobster and crab fishery. Baits can be submitted for approval: the process can take 2 weeks to up to four months. If you have questions regarding bait, contact Sarah Cotnoir ( Applications are available at Individuals may apply for review of a non-listed bait source, or petition for use of a prohibited bait source by completing the “Lobster and Crab Bait Review Form.

List of all freshwater species that have been reviewed by the Department of Marine Resources.
List of marine species reviewed by DMR, approved options for bait
List reviewed by DMR, prohibited options for bait
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