In June the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC) approved a 236 metric ton (MT) cap on incidental catch of river herring and shad in the U.S. Atlantic mackerel fishery for 2014.
Under the new cap, the mackerel fishing fleet (primarily composed of trawlers) will risk early closure if they are unable to successfully avoid river herring and shad.
The catch cap is one of several protective measures slated to take effect next year as part of Amendment 14 to the Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fishery Management Plan.
The amendment also calls for increased reporting and monitoring requirements for fishermen and dealers.
source: Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council