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NOAA Fisheries Announces 2016-2018 Atlantic Herring Management Measures

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
November 1, 2016

NOAA Fisheries announces the final catch limits for the Atlantic herring fishery for the 2016-2018 fishing years. The catch limits are slightly lower than the 2013-2015 catch limits because the most recent assessment shows a slightly lower spawning stock biomass and a slightly higher fishing mortality.

We are also implementing catch cap limits for river herring and shad that are higher (except for the Gulf of Maine) than previous years to allow greater access to the Atlantic herring fishery, while still providing sufficient protection for these species.

Read the permit holder bulletin and the final rule as published in the Federal Register today for more information.

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