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Atlantic Herring Closure for Management Area 1A, Trimester III

The annual catch limit for Atlantic Herring Management Area 1A has been harvested for the June 1 to December 31 period.

Effective at 12 noon on November 2, vessels are prohibited from landing more than 2,000 pounds per trip or calendar day from Area 1A for the rest of the fishing year, which ends on December 31. Vessels must also abide by state regulations, which include no-landing days (currently Thursday-Sunday).

There is no Area 1A allocation available for the January 1 to May 31, 2016 season, so no vessel may fish for herring in Area 1A during that period.

We expect that vessels will be able to resume herring fishing in Area 1A on June 1, 2016.

More details are available in the Federal Register notice and the permit holder letter.

Questions? Contact Shannah Jaburek, Regional Office, at 978-282-8456 or