Category: Herring

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… Read more »

2019 Herring Catch Limits Set

On February 7, 2019, NMFS released the 2019 Atlantic Herring Catch Limits.  Despite strident appeals from the Maine Lobstermen’s Association, among others, for a less severe cutback and for a redistribution of the area quotas, the agency determined that a 70% reduction in catch was necessary to keep the fishery healthy and stable.  Furthermore, the… Read more »

MLA letter to Mike Pentony, NMFS

In late December, the MLA drafted a letter to National Marine Fisheries commenting on the herring specifications for 2019 and on the need for another herring assessment. Having received such a dramatic cut in quota, it is important that the allowances in area 1A match the recent catch ratios and also allow Maine fishermen access… Read more »