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NOAA Fisheries Seeks Comments on Proposed Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Quotas

December 11, 2017

NOAA Fisheries seeks comments on a proposed rule that would set the commercial harvest quotas for Atlantic surfclams and ocean quahogs for the 2018 through 2020 fishing years.

The proposed quotas, which have remained unchanged since 2004, are:

  • Surfclams: 3.4 million bushels
  • Ocean quahogs: 5.3 million bushels
  • Maine ocean quahogs: 100,000 Maine bushels

In addition, the Atlantic surfclam minimum size limit would be suspended for 2018, as it has been every year since 2005. There is currently no minimum size for ocean quahogs.

For more details, read the proposed rule as filed in the Federal Register.                                        

Comments are due on December 26, 2017.

Provide comments through, or send comments by mail to John K. Bullard, Regional Administrator, NOAA Fisheries, Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930. Please mark the outside of the envelope: "Comments on Surfclam/Ocean Quahog Proposed Rule."