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Commercial Skate Wing and Skate Bait Possession Limit Increase

Contact:
Sustainable  Fisheries Division
(978) 281 –9315
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 9, 2017

Effective Date: March 15, 2017

We are increasing the seasonal commercial skate wing and skate bait possession limits for the remainder of the 2016 fishing year, ending April 30, 2017.  

Effective March 15, 2017, the skate wing possession limit increases to 4,100 lb of skate wings (9,307 lb whole weight) per trip, and to be consistent with the skate wing possession limit the skate bait possession limit increases to 9,307 lb (whole weight).  Vessels holding federal skate permits and skate bait letters of authorization may not possess or land more than 9,307 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 revert 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.

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.