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NOAA Fisheries Announces Atlantic Herring Catch Monitoring and Discard Rules

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 1, 2016

NOAA Fisheries announces measures to address discarding in the Atlantic herring fishery. The rule, known as Framework Adjustment 4 to the Atlantic Herring Fishery Management Plan, will further improve catch accounting and help minimize bycatch. 

The rule requires:

  • Vessels with limited access herring permits to report slippage (i.e., catch discarded prior to sampling by an observer) via the vessel monitoring system daily herring catch report,
  • Vessels with an All Areas or Areas 2/3 Limited Access Herring Permit to move 15 nautical miles following an allowable slippage event (slippage due to safety, mechanical failure, or excess catch of spiny dogfish), and
  • Vessels with an All Areas or Areas 2/3 Limited Access Herring Permit to terminate a fishing trip and return to port following a non-allowable slippage event (slippage for any other reason).

The complete rule as filed in the Federal Register today,  supporting documents, and the fishery bulletin are now available.

Questions? Contact Jennifer Goebel at 978-281-9175 or email jennifer.goebel@noaa.gov.