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NOAA Fisheries Announces Increase in Skate Wing Possession Limit for Remainder of 2017 Fishing Year

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 9, 2018

NOAA Fisheries announces that we will increase the commercial per-trip possession limit for the skate wing fishery from 500 lb to 4,100 lb effective April 9 through April 30, 2018, the remainder of the 2017 fishing year.

We are removing the prior reduction and increasing the commercial skate wing possession limit from the incidental limit for the remainder of the fishing year to allow industry to fully attain the 2017 TAL.

On May 1, 2018, the commercial skate wing possession limit will revert to the skate wing season 1 possession limit of 2,600 lb of skate wings per trip.

Please note that barndoor, thorny, and smooth skates are still prohibited species.

For more information, read the rule as filed today in the Federal Register and the permit holder bulletin on our website.

Questions? Contact Cynthia Hanson, Regional Office, at 978-281-9180