PORTLAND, Maine - The federal government is shutting down the Atlantic herring fishery for part of the Gulf of Maine until May.
The National Marine Fisheries Service is projecting that the fishery has already exceeded 92 percent of its total allowable catch for October, November and December in the inshore Gulf of Maine area. The service says the fishery will close Sunday and remain closed until May 31, 2015.
PORTLAND, Maine - The group that manages commercial fisheries in the Atlantic states is recommending a nearly 2,000-pound cut in the catch limit for glass eels in Maine. Under the suggested rule change, fishermen would be able to catch a total of 9,688 pounds of elvers in each of the next three seasons. That was the total number of glass eels hauled in this past season, despite a 2014 quota of over 11,000 pounds.
PORTLAND, Maine - Maine's baby eel fishermen might see a slightly reduced quota in 2015.
A federal regulatory panel is recommending a quota of 9,688 pounds of elvers next year. That would be a slight reduction from the quota of 11,749 pounds this year, the first time a quota was imposed. A spokeswoman for the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission says the number reflects the amount of elvers caught in Maine this year.