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PORTSMOUTH — While Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank cod have been subject to severe catch limits as a result of New England Fisheries Management Council meetings last week, herring saw different results.

The herring population, which is doing well, saw a significant increase in quota allocation.

The Council allocated a total of 107,800 metric tons for the Atlantic Herring Fishery quota, which is 16,600 metric tons more than last year's quota of 91,200.

Patricia Fiorelli, public affairs officer with the New England Fisheries Management Council, said they expect approval from the National Marine Fishery Service on the new quota as soon as possible and it will be implemented in 2013.

Fiorelli also said the Council last week officially decided to examine catch limits for the Atlantic Herring Fishery for river herring, which applies to Alewife and Blueback herring.

"Because those species, which are managed, are in declining numbers, we will put some kind of limits on what can be taken by the Atlantic Herring Fishery," she said.

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