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NOAA Fisheries Announces Squid, Butterfish Quotas for 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
February 28, 2018

NOAA Fisheries announces squid and butterfish quotas for the 2018 fishing year and projected squid and butterfish quotas for the 2019 and 2020 fishing years. We will maintain the mackerel quota previously set for 2018.

Based on the status of these stocks, we are reducing the 2018 commercial butterfish quota by 41 percent compared to 2017, and increasing longfin squid quota by 2 percent. Annual quotas for Illex squid remain at current levels, in effect since 2012.

A March 2017 butterfish assessment update indicated that recent low recruitment may soon reduce biomass below target levels. Assuming average recruitment in future years, butterfish quotas would increase in 2019 and 2020. As new information becomes available, we may revise these projected quotas.

Read the final rule filed today in the Federal Register and the bulletin sent to permit holders.

Questions? Contact Jennifer Goebel, Regional Office, at 978-281-9175.