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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.

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An oceanic whitetip shark swims in the middle of the ocean. An oceanic whitetip shark swims near the surface of the water. Photo courtesy of John Carlson.
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