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NOAA Fisheries Announces Reduction of the Northern Red Hake Commercial Possession Limit

February 27, 2019

Effective today, we are reducing the northern red hake commercial per-trip possession from 3,000 lb to 400 lb per day. Federally permitted vessels fishing for northern red hake may not exceed the incidental commercial possession limit of 400 lb per trip for the remainder of the 2018 fishing year, which ends on April 30, 2019.

This reduction is required by regulation because as of February 13, 2019, the northern red hake fishery is projected to reach or exceed 37.9 percent of the total allowable landings (TAL) on or around February 22, 2019.

For more information read the rule as filed in the Federal Register or the bulletin posted on our website.


Fishermen Contact: Cynthia Ferrio, Sustainable Fisheries, 978-281-9180
Media Contact: Jennifer Goebel, Regional Office, at 978-281-9175