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NOAA Fisheries Proposes Adjusting the Atlantic Herring Specifications for 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
November 30, 2018

The 2018 Atlantic herring stock assessment concluded that while Atlantic herring was not overfished and overfishing was not occurring in 2017, Atlantic herring catch would need to be reduced to prevent overfishing and reduce the risk of the stock becoming overfished.

At its September 2018 meeting, the New England Fishery Management Council recommended we use an in-season adjustment to modify Atlantic herring specifications for 2019. This in-season adjustment would reduce Atlantic herring catch limits for 2019 to prevent overfishing and reduce the risk of the stock becoming overfished while maximizing social and economic benefits.

Read the proposed rule as published in the Federal Register, and submit your comments through the online portal. You may also submit comments through regular mail to:

Michael Pentony, Regional Administrator Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office 55 Great Republic Drive Gloucester, MA 01930

Comments are due by December 31, 2018.

Questions?

Fishermen: Carrie Nordeen, Regional Office, 978-281-9272 Media: Jennifer Goebel, Regional Office, at 978-281-9175