MENHADEN: Episodic Fishery OPENS Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at 12:01 a.m. with 6,000 lbs daily trip limit

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Notice to Commercial Menhaden License holders:

Good morning,

This notice is to inform harvesters that Maine has been granted approval to commence harvest under the Episodic Event Set Aside (EESA) fishery. The Episodic fishery will OPEN Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at 12:01 a.m. 

Reminder of the Episodic Fishery regulations:

  • Harvest days are Tuesdays and Fridays only
  • Daily landing limit per vessel is 6,000 pounds or 17 barrels
  • Vessels are limited to one landing per day
  • Landing reports are due Tuesdays and Fridays before 11:59 p.m. 

Note that individuals holding non-commercial menhaden licenses are not impacted by this closure and may continue to harvest 1,050 lbs per harvester and per vessel each day, in accordance with Chapter 41.40.



Electronic reporting can be completed through either LEEDS or the VESL electronic harvest reporting application available for iOS and Android devices.  Please note that if you have already signed up to VESL for a different species, you will already have access for reporting menhaden.  Contact (207-633-9500), option 2 for Landings Division and then Option 4 for electronic reporting. Email any questions on electronic reporting to