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NOAA Fisheries Announces Measures for Northeast Skate Complex

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 17, 2016

NOAA Fisheries announces new management measures for the northeast skate fishery. 

These were developed through Framework Adjustment 3 to the Northeast Skate Complex Fishery Management Plan at the recommendation of the New England Fishery Management Council. 

This rule sets new quotas for the skate wing (8,372 metric tons) and bait (4,218 metric tons) fisheries for the 2016 and 2017 fishing years.

All skate trip limits remain unchanged from current levels. Vessels fishing on a groundfish, monkfish, or scallop day-at-sea can land 2,600 pounds of skate wings per trip between May 1 and August 31 and 4,100 pounds of skate wings per trip from September 1 through April 30.  

Read the permit holder bulletin (pdf) on our website for more details.

Questions? Contact Jennifer Goebel at 978-281-9175 or email jennifer.goebel@noaa.gov.