Resources

Herring Midwater Trawler Interactions with Groundfish

Letter urging NMFS to retain important reporting and monitoring requirements for midwater trawl vessels fishing in an area closed to protect rebuilding groundfish populations.
September 4, 2012
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Letter to NMFS outlining our concerns with the proposed rule for Framework 46, which lacks proper incentives for midwater trawl vessels to reduce their haddock bycatch.
August 3, 2011
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Letter to the NEFMC regarding the shortcomings of the current options in the Council's plan (Framework 46) to manage haddock bycatch in the directed herring fishery.
April 18, 2011
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Letter to the NEMFC Groundfish Committee regarding ongoing concerns about haddock bycatch by midwater herring trawlers and the need for developing meaningful bycatch avoidance measures based on the most recent bycatch information available
March 16, 2011
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Letter to NMFS regarding provision allowing discarding of catch without sampling by observers
October 7, 2010Read the Letter to NMFS Regional Administrator
Letter to NMFS Regional Administrator from Herring Alliance regarding NEFMC motion in April 2009 to implement requirements for herring midwater trawl fleet
August 10, 2009Read the Letter to NMFS Regional Administrator

Follow-up letter to NMFS Regional Administrator from Herring Alliance regarding November 12 letter on haddock bycatch event involving herring midwater trawl fleet.
December 5, 2008Read the Letter to NMFS Regional Administrator