Atlantic Herring Catch Cap
Catch caps are used to limit incidental catch of a non-target species in a fishery. Once a pre-determined percentage of a catch cap is projected to be reached in a particular area by a particular gear type, directed fishing of the target species may be limited.
Haddock Incidental Catch Cap
- The herring fishery is allocated 1 percent of the haddock acceptable biological catch for each stock of haddock (Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank) each multispecies fishing year (May 1 – April 30).
- The haddock incidental catch in the herring fishery is monitored here.
- When the haddock incidental catch cap for a particular haddock stock has been caught, all herring vessels fishing with mid-water trawl gear will be prohibited from fishing for, possessing, or landing, more than 2,000 lb of herring in that particular haddock accountability measure area for the remainder of the multispecies fishing year.
- In addition, the haddock possession limit will be reduced to 0 lb, in the applicable haddock accountability measure area, for the following vessels:
- All vessels that have a federal herring permit and are fishing with mid-water trawl gear, and
- All vessels that have an All Areas Limited Access Herring Permit and/or an Areas 2/3 Limited Access Herring Permit fishing on a declared herring trip.
- A vessel can possess haddock after the catch cap has been caught, provided the vessel possesses a Northeast multispecies permit and is operating on a declared Northeast multispecies trip.