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Final Rule for 2021-2023 Specifications to Mackerel, Squid, Butterfish Fisheries

Overview

Fishing Type
Commercial
Action Status
Final Rule
Effective
07/22/2021
Point of Contact
Alyson Pitts, Fishery Management Specialist, (978) 281-9352

Summary

This rule sets the 2021-2023 fishing year quotas in the mackerel, longfin squid, Illex squid, and butterfish fisheries, as recommended by the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council. This action maintains previously approved catch levels for 2020 for Illex squid, longfin squid, and Atlantic mackerel, maintains the 129 mt river herring and shad catch cap, and makes other minor adjustments to the management plan. The butterfish allowable catch is reduced by 72 percent, but given recent catch trends, this reduction is not expected to negatively impact the commercial fishing industry. This action also reaffirms previously implemented 2020-2021 specifications for chub mackerel.

Bulletins

NOAA Fisheries Announces Closure of Limited Access Longfin Squid Trimester II

NOAA Fisheries is closing the directed longfin squid fishery in federal waters through the end of Trimester II, August 31, 2022.
August 01, 2022 -

NOAA Fisheries Reaffirms the Previously Approved 2022 Specifications for Chub Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish

This final rule reaffirms the previously approved 2022 fishing year quotas in the chub mackerel, longfin squid, Illex squid, and butterfish fisheries, as recommended by the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council.
May 09, 2022 -

Last updated by Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office on 05/09/2022