The Commission’s Atlantic Herring Management Board members from the states of Maine and New Hampshire and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts will meet on September 17, 2020 from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m., to discuss days out measures (i.e., consecutive landings days) for the 2020 Area 1A fishery (inshore Gulf of Maine) for Season 2 (October 1 – December 31). This meeting will be held via webinar. The call and webinar information are included below:
Atlantic Herring Days Out Meeting
September 17, 2020
1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
You can join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone at the following link: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/912144885. If you are new to GoToMeeting, you can download the app ahead of time (click here) and be ready before the meeting starts. For audio, the meeting will be using the computer voice over internet (VoIP), but if you are joining the webinar from your phone only, you can dial in at +1 (224) 501-3412 and enter access code 912-144-885 when prompted. The webinar will start at 1:00 p.m., 30 minutes early, to troubleshoot audio as necessary.
The 2020 Area 1A allowable catch limit (ACL) is 2,957 metric tons (mt) after adjusting for the research set-aside, the 30 mt fixed gear set-aside, and the fact that Area 1A closes at 92% of the sub-ACL. The Board established the following allocations for the 2020 Area 1A ACL: 72.8% available from June 1 – September 30 and 27.2% available from October 1 – December 31.
Please contact Max Appelman, Fishery Management Plan Coordinator, at 703.842.0740 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The meeting announcement can also be found at http://www.asmfc.org/files/Meetings/AtlHerring_DaysOutMeeting_NoticeSept17_2020.pdf
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, AUGUST 20, 2020
PRESS CONTACT, TINA BERGER, 703.842.0740
Atlantic Herring Days Out Call on August 21 – Canceled; Atlantic Herring Area 1A Fishery Moves to Zero Landing Days for Season 1 on August 23, 2020; and Atlantic Herring Eastern Maine Spawning Closure in Effect Starting August 28, 2020 through October 9, 2020
Season 1 Landing Day Adjustment/Canceled Call
The Area 1A (inshore Gulf of Maine) Atlantic herring fishery is projected to have harvested 92% of the Season 1 allocation by August 20, 2020. Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, August 23, 2020, the Area 1A fishery will move to zero landing days through September 30, 2020, as specified in Amendment 3 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Herring. Therefore, the previously scheduled Days Out call on August 21, 2020, at 8:30 AM has been canceled.
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.
The 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 2020 Area 1A fishery for Season 2 (October 1 – December 31). An announcement will be issued once the meeting is scheduled.
Eastern Maine Spawning Closure
Additionally, the Area 1A fishery regulations include seasonal spawning closures for portions of state and federal waters in Eastern Maine, Western Maine and Massachusetts/New Hampshire. The Commission’s Atlantic Herring Management approved a forecasting method that relies upon at least three samples, each containing at least 25 female herring in gonadal states III-V, to trigger a spawning closure. However, if sufficient samples are not available then closures will begin on predetermined dates.
There are currently no samples from the Eastern Maine spawning area to determine spawning condition. Therefore, per the Addendum II default closure dates, the Eastern Maine spawning area will be closed starting at 12:01 a.m. on August 28, 2020 extending through 11:59 p.m. on October 9, 2020. Eastern Maine spawning area includes all waters bounded by the following coordinates:
Maine coast 68° 20’ W
43° 48’ N 68° 20’ W
44° 25’ N 67° 03’ W
North along the US/Canada border
The same 2,000 pounds incidental bycatch allowance applies for non-directed fisheries that are fishing within the Eastern Maine spawning area during a spawning closure.
For more information, please contact Max Appelman, Fishery Management Plan Coordinator, at 703.842.0740 or email@example.com.
A copy of the announcement can be found here – http://www.asmfc.org/uploads/file/5f3edabbAtlHerringSeason1_ZeroLandings_August2020.pdf