In-Season Adjustment to 2019 Herring Specifications

October 28, 2019

Increase in the Area 1A sub-annual catch limit (ACL) and the ACL for 2019. Effective October 28, 2019 to December 31, 2019.

This action increases the Area 1A sub-annual catch limit (ACL) and the ACL for 2019.  Because landings in New Brunswick weir fishery were less than 4,000 mt through October 1, we subtracted 1,000 mt from the management uncertainty buffer and re-allocated it to the herring Area 1A sub-ACL and ACL.

This action increases the Area 1A herring sub-ACL from 4,354 mt to 5,354 mt for the remainder of the fishing year. When 92 percent of the total Area 1A sub-ACL is reached, vessels are prohibited from fishing for, possessing, catching, transferring, or landing more than 2,000 lb of herring per trip, per calendar day.

This action also increases the herring ACL from 15,065 mt to 16,065 mt.  When 95 percent of the herring ACL is reached, vessels are prohibited from fishing for, possessing, catching, transferring, or landing more than 2,000 lb of herring per trip, per calendar day in or from all herring management areas.

Atlantic Herring Specifications for 2019

 

Original Specifications

Revised Specifications

Overfishing Limit

30,668

30,668

Acceptable Biological Catch

21,266

21,266

Management Uncertainty

6,200

5,200

Optimum Yield/ACL

15,065

16,065

Domestic Annual Harvest

15,065

15,065

Border Transfer

0

0

Domestic Annual Processing

15,065

15,065

U.S. At-Sea Processing

0

0

Area 1A Sub-ACL

4,354

5,354

Area 1B Sub-ACL

647

647

Area 2 Sub-ACL

4,188

4,188

Area 3 Sub-ACL

5,876

5,876

Fixed Gear Set-Aside

39

39

Research Set-Aside

3 percent of sub-ACLs

3 percent of sub-ACLs

 

 

Last updated by Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office on October 28, 2019