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2018 River Herring and Shad Cap Harvested for Atlantic Herring Midwater Trawls in the Cape Cod Catch Cap Area

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
December 19, 2018

Effective Date: 00:01 Local time on December 21, 2018

Vessels with Federal Atlantic Herring Permits

2018 River Herring and Shad Catch Cap Harvested for
Midwater Trawl Vessels in the Cape Cod Catch Cap Area

From 00:01 local time on December 21, 2018, through December 31, 2018, vessels fishing with midwater trawl gear may not fish for, catch, possess, transfer, receive, or land more than 2,000 lb of herring in or from the Cape Cod Catch Cap Closure Area per trip or calendar day. Vessels that have entered port before 00:01 local time on December 21, 2018, may land and sell more than 2,000 lb of herring from that trip in the closure area.

Federally permitted dealers may not receive more than 2,000 lb of herring, per trip or calendar day, from herring vessels that used midwater trawl gear in the Cape Cod Catch Cap Closure Area through 24:00 hr local time, December 31, 2018, unless the vessel enters port before 00:01 local time on December 21, 2018.

From December 21, 2018, through December 31, 2018, vessels with midwater trawl gear may transit through the Cape Cod Catch Cap Closure Area with more than 2,000 lb of herring on board, provided it was caught outside the Cape Cod Catch Cap Closure Area and all fishing gear is stowed and not available for immediate use

For small entity compliance guides, this bulletin complies with section 212 of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement and Fairness Act of 1996. This notice is authorized by the Regional Administrator of the National Marine Fisheries Service, Greater Atlantic Region