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NOAA Fisheries Announces Reduction to Mackerel Possession Limit for Rest of Fishing Year Effective February 27

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
February 23, 2018

As of February 20, Atlantic mackerel vessels are projected to have harvested 95 percent of the 2018 river herring and shad catch cap.

Under the Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fishery Management Plan, once 95 percent of the river herring and shad catch cap is projected to be harvested, Federal limited access Atlantic mackerel vessels are prohibited from fishing for or landing more than 20,000 lb of Atlantic mackerel per trip or landing more than once per calendar day for the remainder of the calendar year.

As of 00:01 local time on February 27, 2018, vessels issued Federal Atlantic mackerel permits may not fish for, possess, transfer, receive, land, or sell more than 20,000 lb of mackerel per trip or calendar day through December 31, 2018.

Vessels that have entered port before 00:01 local time on February 27, 2018, may land and sell more than 20,000 lb of mackerel from that trip. 

For more information, read the rule as filed at 4:15pm in the Federal Register, and the permit holder letter on our website.

Questions? Please contact Alyson Pitts, Regional Office, 978-281-9352