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DEPT. OF MARINE RESOURCES
Notice to Atlantic Herring Fishery: Closure of Area 1A Directed Fishery in State and Federal Waters, Effective November 5, 2012FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, NOVEMBER 2, 2012
ASMFC PRESS CONTACT, TINA BERGER, 703.842.0740
Ninety-five percent of the Atlantic herring total allowable catch (TAC) allocated to Management Area 1A is projected to be harvested by November 5, 2012.
Therefore, pursuant to Section 22.214.171.124 of Amendment 1 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Sea Herring, the directed fishery for Atlantic Herring in Management Area 1A is closed effective 1200 hours (noon) local time, November 5, 2012. The directed fishery will open at 0001 hours, January 1, 2013.
Vessels participating in other fisheries may possess no more than 2,000 pounds of Atlantic herring per trip for the duration of the 2012 closure as specified by Section 4.3.1 of Amendment 2. Section 4.3.1 also stipulates that all vessels traveling through a closed area must have all seine and mid-water trawl gear stowed.
A copy of NOAA Fisheries Area 1A closure notice [PDF file] can be found at http://www.ofr.gov/OFRUpload/OFRData/2012-27215_PI.pdf.
For more information, please contact Toni Kerns, Acting ISFMP Director, at email@example.com or 703-842-0740.
Healthy, self-sustaining populations for all Atlantic coast fish species or successful restoration well in progress by the year 2015
This page was posted November 3, 2012.
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