NOAA Fisheries Announces Closure of Directed Atlantic Herring Fishery in Management Area 3

June 04, 2020

Management Area 3 Sub-Annual Catch Limit harvested. Herring catch limited to 2,000 lb per trip/day. Effective 00:01 June 6, 2020.

As of 00:01 local time on June 6, 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 3 from a vessel issued and holding a valid federal herring permit. Vessels that have entered port before 00:01 local time on June 6, 2020, may land and sell more than 2,000 lb of herring from Management Area 3 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 3 through 24:00 hr local time, December 31, 2020, unless it is from a vessel that enters port before 00:01 local time on June 6, 2020.

 During this directed fishery closure, vessels may transit through Management Area 3 with more than 2,000 lb of herring on board, provided all herring onboard was caught outside Management Area 3 and all fishing gear is stowed and not available for immediate use. 

Last updated by Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office on June 04, 2020