Herring Trawlers May Face Increased Monitoring

PEW Charitable Trusts

On Wednesday, June 20, the New England Fishery Management Council finalized new rules for the Atlantic herring fishery, known as Amendment 5.

The Council approved a recommendation to require onboard observers on every trip made by midwater herring-trawl vessels. It also voted to recommend a requirement that the trawl-vessel catches be weighed, and a limit on the amount of times fish can be dumped at sea. All of these measures are aimed at helping fishery managers better understand and limit the amount of bycatch in the fishery.

The Council will now send its final Amendment 5 document to the National Marine Fisheries Service for approval.

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