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2018-2020 Commercial Golden Tilefish Quotas

Contact:
Sustainable  Fisheries Division
(978) 281 –9315
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
November 2, 2017

Effective Date: November 2, 2017

NOAA Fisheries announces final specifications for the 2018-2020 golden tilefish fishery. The catch limits and quotas for 2018 became effective on November 2, 2017. Initially, these specifications were developed concurrently with Framework Adjustment 2 to the Tilefish Fishery Management Plan, which changes how discards are deducted within the specifications. However, implementation of Framework 2 has been delayed, and these specifications are based on current regulations. For clarity, we also provide details of how the 2018 specifications would be changed under the process proposed by Framework 2 (Table 1). If Framework 2 is implemented as proposed, the 2018 specifications will be adjusted accordingly during the fishing year. All other golden tilefish fishery management measures, such as the 500-pound incidental trip limit and 8-fish recreational trip limit, remain unchanged.

Table 1. 2018 Golden Tilefish Specifications as Implemented by this Action, and Potential Revisions under Tilefish Framework Adjustment 2

 

As implemented

Under Framework 2

 

million lb

mt

million lb

mt

Overfishing Limit

2.332

1,058

2.332

1,058

ABC

1.636

742

1.636

742

ACL

1.636

742

1.636

742

IFQ ACT

NA

NA

1.554

705

Incidental ACT

NA

NA

0.082

37

TAL

1.627

738

NA

NA

IFQ TAL

1.546

701

1.554

705

Incidental TAL

0.081

37

0.072

33

The 2019 and 2020 specifications are provided for planning purposes, and also anticipate the implementation of Framework 2 (Table 2). The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will review the catch limits for these years and we will provide notice of the final 2019 and 2020 quotas prior to the start of each fishing year.

Table 2. Proposed 2019 and 2020 Golden Tilefish Specifications

 

2019

2020

 

million lb

mt

million lb

mt

Overfishing Limit

2.421

1,098

2.291

1,039

ABC

1.636

742

1.636

742

ACL

1.636

742

1.636

742

IFQ ACT

1.554

705

1.554

705

Incidental ACT

0.082

37

0.082

37

IFQ TAL

1.554

705

1.554

705

Incidental TAL

0.072

33

0.072

33

Please visit our tilefish web page for more information on this fishery.

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.