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In-Season Adjustment to 2021 Atlantic Herring Specifications

October 25, 2021

Effective October 29, 2021, through December 31, 2021

This action increases the Atlantic herring Area 1A sub-annual catch limit (ACL) and the ACL for the remainder of fishing year 2021. Because herring landings in the New Brunswick weir fishery were less than 3,012 mt. through October 1, 2021, we subtracted 1,000 mt. from the management uncertainty buffer and re-allocated it to the herring Area 1A sub-ACL and the ACL. 

When 92 percent of the herring Area 1A sub-ACL is reached, no person may fish for, possess, transfer, land, purchase, or sell more than 2,000 lbs. of herring in or from Area 1A per trip or per calendar day from a vessel issued and holding a valid federal herring permit, and dealers are prohibited from receiving or purchasing from a vessel more than 2,000 lbs. of herring catch from Area 1A per trip, per calendar day. 

When 95 percent of the herring ACL is reached, no person may fish for, possess, transfer, land, purchase, or sell more than 2,000 lbs. of herring in or from all herring management areas per trip or per calendar day from a vessel issued and holding a valid federal herring permit, and dealers are prohibited from receiving or purchasing from any vessel more than 2,000 lbs. of herring catch per trip, per calendar day.

Atlantic Herring Specifications for 2021

 

Original Specifications (mt.)

Revised Specifications (mt.)

Overfishing Limit

23,423

23,423

Acceptable Biological Catch

9,483

9,483

Management Uncertainty

4,669

3,669

Optimum Yield/ACL

4,128

5,128

Domestic Annual Harvest

4,814

4,814

Border Transfer

0

0

Domestic Annual Processing

4,814

4,814

U.S. At-Sea Processing

0

0

Area 1A Sub-ACL (28.9%)

1,609

2,609

Area 1B Sub-ACL (4.3%)

239

239

Area 2 Sub-ACL (27.8%)

652

652

Area 3 Sub-ACL (39%)

2,181

2,181

Fixed Gear Set-Aside

30

30

Research Set-Aside (RSA)*

0 percent of each sub-ACL

0 percent of each sub-ACL

* Because RSA participants are not pursing RSA in 2021, we did not deduct it from the sub-ACLs. RSA will to be revisited for 2023-2025 specifications.

Last updated by Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office on October 28, 2021