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NMFS's management of the herring fishery is a major issue at this time. In October and November, Advocacy held conference calls with the herring fishing industry and representatives from various offices at the Department of Commerce to discuss the herring specifications. In June 2009, the Transboundary Resources Assessment Committee (TRAC) performed a stock assessment. As a result of the TRAC report, the Science and Statistical Committee (SSC) set the acceptable biological catch (ABC) at 90,000 MT, which reduced the current ABC by more than 50%.
Regulatory News NMFS Issues Final Rule on Georges Bank Herring Fisheries by Jennifer Smith, Assistant Chief Counsel On September 24, the Office of cal concerns or due to spiny dog- outside of the area for the remain- Advocacy filed comments on the fish in the catch to leave Closed der of the trip rather than having to National Marine Fisheries Service’s Area I and to continue fishing forfeit the entire catch (NMFS) proposed rule on the Fish- eries of the Northeastern United States; Modification of the Gulf of Advocacy Comments on Scientific Basis of Maine/Georges Bank Herring Mid- Future Herring Catch Limits water Trawl Gear Authorization Letter. NMFS’ s management of the herring fishery is a major issue at this Advocacy’s comments echoed time In October and November, Advocacy held conference calls with concerns raised by the fishing the herring fishing industry and representatives from various offices industry Advocacy recommended at the Department of Commerce to discuss the herring specifications that NMFS provide information In June 2009, the Transboundary Resources Assessment Commit- about the catch rates and revenue tee (TRAC) performed a stock assessment As a result of the TRAC garnered from the particular areas report, the Science and Statistical Committee (SSC) set the acceptable so that the public can assess the biological catch (ABC) at 90,000 MT, which reduced the current ABC economic impact of this proposal by more than 50 percent However, the SSC recognized that there is Advocacy also recommended that substantial uncertainty in the June 2009 assessment; the New England NMFS consider alternatives such Fishery Management Council (NEFMC) has stated that the herring as lifting the prohibition on fishing fishery is not overfished and that the data from the TRAC assessment without an observer if no observer were questionable is available; clarifying the phrase Reducing the ABC by greater than 50 percent could have a dev- “unless the fish has been brought a
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