Atlantic Herring Plan Overview

The Atlantic herring fishery is managed through an overall annual catch limit (ACL, reduced from the overfishing limit and acceptable biological catch to address scientific uncertainty and management uncertainty) and sub-ACLs for management areas that are designed to prevent overfishing on individual stock components. ACLs and sub-ACLs are set through a specifications process every three years, based on the best available scientific information. The Atlantic herring resource is not overfished, and overfishing is not occurring.

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Plan Amendments, Frameworks, and Specifications

Plan Amendments

Under Development
May 12, 2015
Under Development
December 4, 2014
Omnibus Industry-Funded Monitoring Amendment
June 30, 2015
This action establishes standards of precision for bycatch estimation for all Northeast Region fisheries.
March 25, 2013
This rule implements approved measures in Amendment 5 to the Atlantic Herring Fishery Management Plan (FMP). Amendment 5
April 23, 2010
NMFS announces final specifications for the 2010–2012 fishing years for the Atlantic herring (herring) fishery. The intent of this
Under Development
May 19, 2014
February 27, 2008
Part of SBRM. NMFS is implementing approved management measures contained in the Standardized Bycatch Reporting
June 1, 2007
NMFS is implementing approved measures contained in Amendment 1 to the Atlantic Herring Fishery Management Plan (FMP),

Framework Adjustments/Specifications

December 1, 2016
NMFS is implementing final specifications and management measures for the 2016–2018 Atlantic herring fishery.
February 26, 2015
NMFS implements approved measures in Framework 4 to the Atlantic Herring Fishery Management Plan. The New England Fishery Management Council developed Framework 4 to further enhance catch monitoring and address discarding in the herring fishery.
July 8, 2014
NMFS implements final regulations to establish a process for setting river herring (alewife and blueback) and shad (American and hickory) catch caps for the herring fishery.
September 30, 2013
NMFS is implementing Framework Adjustment 2 to the Atlantic Herring Fishery Management Plan (Framework 2) and
February 16, 2010
NMFS announces final specifications for the 2010–2012 fishing years for the Atlantic herring (herring) fishery. The intent of this final rule is to conserve and manage the herring resource and provide for a sustainable fishery. This final rule also makes minor corrections to existing regulations.
January 24, 2002
NMFS issues this final rule to implement management measures contained in Framework Adjustment 1 to the Atlantic Herring Fishery