Closure of Atlantic Herring Management Area 1B to Directed Fishing

November 23, 2020

Herring catch limited to 2,000 pounds per trip/day. Effective date: 00:01 local time on November 25, 2020.

As of 00:01 local time on November 25, 2020, through December 31, 2020, no person may fish for, possess, transfer, receive, land, or sell more than 2,000 lb of herring per trip or calendar day in or from Management Area 1B from a vessel issued and holding a valid federal herring permit.  Vessels that have entered port before 00:01 local time on November 25, 2020, may land and sell more than 2,000 lb of herring from Management Area 1B from that trip. 

This action prohibits federally permitted dealers from purchasing, possessing, receiving, selling, bartering, trading or transferring more than 2,000 lb of herring per trip or calendar day from Management Area 1B  through December 31, 2020, unless it is from a vessel that enters port before 00:01 local time on November 25, 2020.

During this directed fishery closure, vessels may transit through Management Area 1B with more than 2,000 lb of herring on board, provided all herring onboard was caught outside Management Area 1B and all fishing gear is stowed and not available for immediate use. 

As a reminder, vessels may not fish for, possess, transfer, receive, land, or sell herring from Area 1B from January 1, 2021, through April 30, 2021, and federally permitted dealers may not receive any herring from a vessel that harvests fish from Area 1B between January 1, 2021, and April 30, 2021.

Last updated by Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office on November 24, 2020