Herring Amd. 5 includes 100% observer coverage

PORTLAND, ME – More than four years after first making a commitment to develop a comprehensive catch monitoring program for the Atlantic herring fishery, the New England Fishery Management Council voted on June 20 to approve Amendment 5 to the federal herring plan for submission to the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS).
The amendment is enormous and, among many other things, calls for 100% observer coverage on Category A and B herring boats and includes a two-phased approach for reducing river herring bycatch in the fishery

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