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NOAA Fisheries Announces Atlantic Herring Management Area 1B Sub-ACL Harvested

October 22, 2018

At 00:01 hours on October 24, 2018, the 2,000-lb herring possession limit will become effective and will be in effect until the 2019 fishing year begins on January 1.

For the seasonal period from January 1, 2019, through April 30, 2019, there is no Area 1B allocation available, and no vessel may fish for herring in Area 1B under current regulations.

Vessels are expected to be able to resume herring fishing in Area 1B on May 1, 2019. Under the Atlantic Herring Fishery Management Plan, when 92% of the Herring Management Area 1B catch limit has been harvested, vessels are prohibited from fishing for or landing more than 2,000 lb of herring per trip or per calendar day in or from Area 1B for the remainder of the fishing year.

Read the rule as filed today in the Federal Register and the permit holder bulletin on our website.

Questions? Contact Daniel Luers, Regional Office, at 978-282-8457, or