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Atlantic Herring Fishery; 2018 Specifications Adjustment

Contact:
Sustainable  Fisheries Division
(978) 281 –9315
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
February 14, 2018

Effective Date: February 14, 2018

We have adjusted the herring specifications for 2018 to account for the carryover and overharvest of catch from 2016. Adjusted 2018 annual catch limits (ACLs) are;

2018 sub-ACLS, Adjusted for Catch in 2016

Management Area

2018 Catch Limit (mt)

Area 1A

31,962

Area 1B

3,649

Area 2

31,137

Area 3

43,853

Stock-wide

100,969*

* The stockwide ACL cannot be increased by carryover, so it does not equal the sum of the four area’s catch limits.

We have provided the details and explanation of the adjustment in a table on the back of this letter.

For More Information on Herring Catch and Catch Limits:

We track herring catch against herring catch limits and post that information weekly on the Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office website under “Quotas, Landings.” Please visit this webpage during the fishing year to check how much herring catch is available in a particular management area.

Explanation of Herring sub-ACLs, Catch, and Carryover (mt) for 2018

 

Area 1A

Area 1B

Area 2

Area 3

Stockwide

(a) We start with the 2018 sub-ACLs, including the Research Set-Aside ( RSA) …

30,300

 

4,500

29,100

40,900

104,800

(b) Then subtract the 2018 RSA (3 percent of sub-ACL)…

909

135

873

1,227

3,144

(c) And here are the 2018 sub-ACLs minus RSA…

29,391

4,365

28,227

39,673

101,656

 

(d) To calculate the 2018 adjusted sub-ACLs, we start with the 2106 adjusted sub-ACLs…

30,397

2,941

32,100

43,832

101,656*

(e) And subtract the final 2016 Catch…

27,826

3,657

13,456

18,580

63,519

(f) And here are the catch underages and overages from 2016…

2,571

-716

18,644

25,252

45,751

(g) Underages up to 10% of the 2016 sub-ACLs* can be carryover in 2018… these are those values…

2,571

NA

2,910

4,090

NA

(h) We then added the 2016 carryover (row g) to the 2018 sub-ACLs minus RSA (row c) and here are the adjusted sub-ACLs for 2018…

31,962

3,649

31,137

43,853

100,969**

* Maximum carryover is based on 10 percent of the 2016 sub-ACLs:  Area 1A=30,300 mt; Area 1B=4,500 mt; Area 2=29,100 mt; and Area 3=40,900 mt.
** The stockwide ACL cannot be increased by carryover. The 2018 adjusted stock-wide ACL is decreased by the Area 1B overage.

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.