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ASMFC wants 'zero tolerance' herring closures
July 01, 2006
Commercial Fisheries News
HALLOWELL, ME Maine’s longstanding regulations governing fishing activity during herring spawning closures might be in jeopardy due to a new “zero tolerance” rule adopted by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commissionís (ASMFC) Atlantic Herring Section.
Back in January, the section voted to include a “zero tolerance” provision in Amendment 2 to its herring plan that prohibits vessels from fishing for, taking, landing, or possessing herring during a spawning closure.
However, different states have interpreted the meaning of “zero tolerance” in different ways.