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NOAA Fisheries Announces Common Pool Possession and Trip Limit Decrease for Georges Bank Cod

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 28, 2017

Effective at 1615 hours today, the possession and trip limits for Georges Bank cod are decreased for all common pool vessels to 25 pounds per day and up to 50 pounds per trip for the remainder of the 2017 fishing year. 

The trip limit for Handgear B vessels and Small Category Vessel Category vessels remains at 25 pounds per trip.

Recent catch data reported through September 19, 2017, indicates that the common pool fishery has already caught 2.4 metric tons, or 65.7 percent, of the Trimester 2 Georges Bank cod Total Allowable Catch since the second trimester began on September 1, 2017. The current Georges Bank cod possession and trip limit is 250 pounds per Day at Sea, and up to 500 pounds per trip. 

We project that, at its current trajectory, the common pool will catch its Trimester 2 TAC well before the end of the second trimester, and is also at risk of exceeding its annual 2017 quota.

An adjustment decreasing the common pool possession and trip limits is necessary to prevent the common pool from exceeding its Georges Bank cod allocation for fishing year 2017.

If you have declared your trip through the vessel monitoring system (VMS) or interactive voice response system, and crossed the VMS demarcation line prior to 1615 hours on September 28, 2017, you are not subject to the new trip limits for that trip.

For more details, read the notice as filed this afternoon in the Federal Register and the permit holder bulletin.

Questions? Contact Claire Fitz-Gerald at 978-281-9255.