Report Run on: 2022-12-01
Quota Year: 2022 (January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2022)

Area Quota (mt) Cumulative Catch (mt) Percent Quota Caught
1A 2,045 2,165.7 105.9%
1B 0 1.4 -
2* 1,300 73.0 5.6%
3* 1,824 1,837.9 100.8%
ACL** 4,813 4,078.0 84.7%

NOTICE: Effective 00:01 hr local time on November 8, 2022, through December 31, 2022, a person may not attempt or do any of the following: Fish for, possess, transfer, purchase, receive, land, or sell more than 2,000 lb of herring per trip or more than once per calendar day in or from Area 1A.

NOTICE: Effective 17:00 hr local time on February 4, 2022, through December 31, 2022, no one may fish for, possess, transfer, purchase, receive, land, or sell more than 2,000 pounds of Atlantic herring per trip or more than once per calendar day in or from Area 3.

The 2022 Atlantic herring Area 1A sub-ACL and the ACL were increased by 1,000 metric tons due to reported New Brunswick Weir fishery landings being less than 3,012 metric tons through October 1, 2022 (effective October 26, 2022, 87 FR 64722).

Atlantic herring specifications were adjusted for fishing year 2022 based on catch overages and underages in fishing year 2020 (effective January 4, 2022, 87 FR 887). The 1A sub-ACL above does not include the 30 metric tons for the fixed gear set aside. The Research Set Aside (RSA) program was cancelled for fishing years 2021 through 2023.

*2022-04-28: The Area 2 sub-ACL was adjusted to 1,300 metric tons and the Area 3 sub-ACL was adjusted to 1,824 metric tons due to a correction in the amount of rollover from 2020 to 2022.

**The 2022 ACL is reduced by catch overages in 2020 (Areas 1A and 1B) but it is not increased by the carryover of unharvested catch in 2020 (Areas 2 and 3); therefore, the 2022 ACL is not equal to the sum of the sub-ACLs.

The Atlantic herring fishery is monitored using data provided by herring-permitted vessels (VMS catch reports and VTRs) and Federal/state dealer data. VMS catch reports will be used to verify and determine catch when VTR and/or dealer records are unavailable, but VTR and dealer reports, once received, will determine final catch by area.

Catch reporting requirements are as follows: Limited access herring vessels report catch daily via VMS and all herring-permitted vessels submit VTRs weekly. Failure to submit reports has resulted in vessels being referred to the NOAA Office of Law Enforcement for investigation. For questions regarding Atlantic herring management, please contact the Sustainable Fisheries Division at 978-281-9315. For guidance on the most recent notification and reporting requirements please click here.

These data are the best available to NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) when this report was compiled. Data for this report are supplied to NMFS from vessels via the Vessel Monitoring System. Data may be preliminary. Discrepancies with previous reports are due to corrections made to the database.