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NOAA Fisheries Announces Proposed 2017-2019 Atlantic Deep-Sea Red Crab Quotas

December 1, 2016

NOAA Fisheries is proposing specifications for the 2017 Atlantic deep-sea red crab fishery, including an annual catch limit and total allowable landings limit. We are also proposing projected quotas for 2018-2019. 

The New England Fishery Management Council's recommendation is to continue the existing red crab fishery quota of 1,775 metric tons for fishing years 2017-2019.

Landings from 2013-2015 were below this quota, but have been increasing. 

Read the proposed rule and supporting documents.

The comment period is open through January 3, 2017.

You may submit comments, identified by NOAA-NMFS-2016-0132, by either one of the following methods:

  • Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking portal. Go to our e-rulemaking portal, click the "Comment Now!" icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments.
  • Mail: Submit written comments to John Bullard, Regional Administrator, NMFS, Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930.

Questions? Contact Jennifer Goebel at 978-281-9175 or