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2023-2025 Atlantic Herring Fishery Specifications


Left-facing side profile of a Atlantic herring with shiny silvery white body and gold/gray fins. NOAA Fisheries text along tail. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Jack Hornady
Fishing Type
Affected Species
Atlantic Herring
River Herring
Action Status
Interim Rule
Point of Contact
Maria Fenton, Fishery Management Specialist, (978) 281-9196


This interim rule implements 2023-2025 Atlantic herring fishery specifications, subject to public comment. This action also removes possession limits in Herring Management Area 1B and Area 3, adjusts 2023 fishery specifications to account either for Management Area catch limit overages or carryover of unharvested catch from 2021, updates the target rebuilding date for herring, removes the inshore midwater trawl restricted area regulations, corrects typographical errors in several existing regulations, and restores regulatory requirements that were unintentionally removed from the Code of Federal Regulations. This action is necessary to respond to updated scientific information from a 2022 management track assessment and to achieve the goals and objectives of the Atlantic Herring Fishery Management Plan. The approved measures are intended to help prevent overfishing, rebuild the overfished herring stock, achieve optimum yield on a continuing basis, and ensure that management measures are based on the best scientific information available.


Atlantic Herring Management Area 3 Possession Limit Adjustment

Herring catch limited to 2,000 lb per trip/day. Effective 00:01 hr local time on May 14, 2023.
May 11, 2023 -

Cape Cod Catch Cap Closure Area Possession Limit Adjustment for Atlantic Herring

Herring catch in the Cape Cod Catch Cap Closure Area is limited to 2,000 lb per trip/day for vessels fishing with midwater trawl gear. Effective 00:01 hr local time on April 26, 2023.
April 24, 2023 -

Interim Final Rule Implementing 2023-2025 Atlantic Herring Fishery Specifications

NOAA Fisheries is implementing herring fishery specifications for 2023-2025, effective March 23, 2023. This action also makes several additional revisions to herring regulations.
March 22, 2023 -

Last updated by Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office on 05/11/2023