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Herring Amendment 1 out for public comment

November 01, 2006

Commercial Fisheries News
November 2006

GLOUCESTER, MA With one exception, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) published a proposed rule for Amendment 1 to the federal herring plan containing all the provisions developed by the New England Fishery Management Council.

The two most significant proposals are the limited-access program and a June 1-Sept. 30 ban on midwater trawling in Area 1A, the inshore Gulf of Maine. Both elements are described in detail in the proposed rule, which was published in the Federal Register on Sept. 27 and is out for public comment until Nov. 13.

NMFS’s goal is to have a final rule in place by Jan. 1, the start of the 2007 herring fishing year.

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