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NOAA Fisheries Announces Proposed 2019-2021 Spiny Dogfish Specifications

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 29, 2019

We are proposing 2019-2021 quota specifications for the spiny dogfish fishery, based on a 2018 stock assessment update, and consistent with the recommendations of the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, the Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee, the Spiny Dogfish Monitoring Committee, the New England Fishery Management Council, and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.

The proposed specifications for the 2019 spiny dogfish fishery are a 46-percent reduction from fishing year 2018 to ensure overfishing does not occur. However, these quotas are proposed to increase in 2020 and 2021 as the spiny dogfish biomass is expected to increase and the risk of overfishing declines. Table 1 (below) provides a summary of the proposed specifications. All other fishery management measures, including the 6,000-lb federal trip limit, will remain unchanged for fishing years 2019-2021.

Table 1. Summary of Proposed Spiny Dogfish Fishery Specifications for Fishing Years 2019-2021, in metric tons.

 

2019

2020

2021

Overfishing Limit

21,549

N/A

N/A

Acceptable Biological Catch (ABC)

12,914

14,126

16,043

Annual Catch Limit = Annual Catch Target

12,865

14,077

15,994

Total Allowable Landings

9,390

10,602

12,519

Commercial Quota

9,309

10,521

12,438

Percent Change in Quota from Previous Year

-46

+13

+18

Read the proposed rule as published in the Federal Register, and submit your comments through the online portal. You may also submit comments through regular mail to:

Michael Pentony, Regional Administrator "
Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office "
55 Great Republic Drive
"Gloucester, MA 01930

The comment period is open through 4/15/2019.

Questions? 

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