Atlantic Herring Management Plan
The Atlantic herring fishery in the Northeastern United States operates from Maine to Cape Hatteras, North Carolina and from inshore to offshore waters on the edge of the continental shelf. The herring fishery uses predominantly single and paired mid-water trawl, bottom trawl, purse seine, and to a lesser extent, gillnet gear throughout the entire range. Herring is used primarily in the United States as bait for the American lobster and tuna fisheries, but is also frozen whole and canned for human consumption. Herring is jointly managed in state and federal waters by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and NOAA Fisheries in conjunction with the New England Fishery Management Council respectively.
Implementing regulations are found at 50 CFR part 648 subpart K. Find out more about Managing Sustainable Fisheries in the Greater Atlantic Region.
Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation (SAFE) reports are documents or sets of documents that summarize the best scientific information available for federally managed fish stocks. This includes information concerning the biological condition of stocks and marine ecosystems, essential fish habitat (EFH), and the socioeconomic condition of commercial and recreational fisheries. The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act requires that SAFE reports be made available on a publicly accessible website to facilitate use of the information. Atlantic herring SAFE report documents are available on the New England Fishery Management Council's website.
- Atlantic Herring
- Management Plans and Reviews
- Stock Assessment Reports
- Meeting Summaries and Reports