Proposed Rule Implementing Amendment 8 to the Atlantic Herring Fishery Management Plan


Fishing Type
Affected Species
Action Status
Proposed Rule
Point of Contact
Carrie Nordeen, Fishery Policy Analyst, (978) 282-9272,


NOAA Fisheries proposes regulations to implement Amendment 8 to the Atlantic Herring Fishery Management Plan. The New England Fishery Management Council developed Amendment 8 to specify a long-term acceptable biological catch control rule for Atlantic herring and address localized depletion and user group conflict. This amendment would establish an acceptable biological catch control rule that accounts for herring’s role in the ecosystem and prohibit midwater trawling in inshore federal waters from the U.S./Canada border to the Rhode Island/Connecticut border. Amendment 8 is intended to support sustainable management of the herring resource and help ensure that herring is available to minimize possible detrimental biological impacts on predators of herring and associated socioeconomic impacts on other user groups.

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Last updated by Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office on 10/08/2019