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Commercial Skate Wing and Skate Bait Possession Limit Reduction

Contact:
Sustainable  Fisheries Division
(978) 281 –9315
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 24, 2017

Effective Date: January 30, 2017

The seasonal commercial skate wing and skate bait possession limits have been reduced for the remainder of the 2016 fishing year, ending April 30, 2017.  Effective January 30, 2017, the skate wing possession limit is reduced from 4,100 lb of skate wings (9,307 lb whole weight) to 500 lb of skate wings (1,135 lb whole weight) per trip, and the skate bait possession limit is reduced from 25,000 lb to 1,135 lb (whole weight) per trip.  Vessels holding federal skate permits and skate bait letters of authorization may not possess or land more than 1,135 lb of whole weight skates per trip for the remainder of the fishing year.

On May 1, 2017, the commercial skate wing possession limit will increase to the skate wing season 1 (May 1, 2017, to August 31, 2017) possession limit of 2,600 lb of skate wing (5,902 lb whole weight) per trip, and the commercial skate bait possession limit will increase to 25,000 lb per trip.

Vessels that have started a fishing trip when this possession limit reduction becomes effective may retain skate wings and skate bait under the previous possession limits for the remainder of that trip.

For small entity compliance guides, this bulletin complies with section 212 of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement and Fairness Act of 1996.  This notice is authorized by the Regional Administrator of the National Marine Fisheries Service, Greater Atlantic Region.