In-Season Adjustment to 2020 Herring Specifications

October 21, 2020

In-Season Adjustment to 2020 Herring Specifications

This action increases the Area 1A sub-annual catch limit (ACL) and the ACL for 2020. Because landings in New Brunswick weir fishery were less than 2,942 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.

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.

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 2020

 

Original Specifications

Revised Specifications

Overfishing Limit

41,830

41,830

Acceptable Biological Catch

16,131

16,131

Management Uncertainty

4,560

3,560

Optimum Yield/ACL

11,571

12,571

Domestic Annual Harvest

11,571

12,571

Border Transfer

100

100

Domestic Annual Processing

11,471

12,471

U.S. At-Sea Processing

0

0

Area 1A Sub-ACL

3,344

4,344

Area 1B Sub-ACL

498

498

Area 2 Sub-ACL

3,217

3,217

Area 3 Sub-ACL

4,513

4,513

Fixed Gear Set-Aside

30

30

Research Set-Aside

3 percent of sub-ACLs

3 percent of sub-ACLs

Last updated by Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office on October 21, 2020