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Atlantic Herring Regulated and Closed Areas

Herring are distributed from North Carolina to Maine and from inshore to offshore waters to the edge of the continental shelf. The species is most abundant north of Cape Cod and become increasingly scarce south of New Jersey. The majority of the harvest comes from federal waters, specifically between May and November in the Gulf of Maine.

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