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NOAA Fisheries Announces Closure of the Longfin Squid Trimester II Directed Fishery

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 24, 2016

The Trimester II seasonal quota for longfin squid has been harvested. 

Therefore, effective from 0001 hours on June 27 through August 31, vessels issued a Federal Longfin Squid/Butterfish moratorium permit may not fish for, catch, possess, or land more than 2,500 lb of longfin squid per trip and land such squid more than once per calendar day.

However, vessels that have entered port before the effective date may offload and sell, from that trip, more than 2,500 lb of longfin squid. 

We notified holders of mackerel, squid, and butterfish fishery permits of the closure on June 23 via mail, fax, and VMS, which is more than 72 hours in advance of the closure required by 50 CFR 648.24(d).

In addition to this prohibition, several other measures are now in effect. Read the permit holder letter on our website for more information.

We expect this notification to file this afternoon at 4:15 pm in the Federal Register.

Although closures of this fishery are uncommon, the Trimester II quota is comparatively small (only 17% of the total quota), and is susceptible to rapid closure due to the high volume nature of the fishery.  

There has not been a closure of the Trimester II longfin squid fishery since 2012. 

Questions? Contact Dan Luers at 978-282-8457 or email daniel.luers@noaa.gov.