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Closure of the Directed Federal Illex Squid Fishery; Illex Squid Landings Limited to 10,000 lbs Per Day

Sustainable  Fisheries Division
(978) 281 –9315
September 7, 2017

UPDATED: Effective Date: September 15, 2017 through December 31, 2017

NOAA Fisheries reviewed recent landings data and has updated the closure date.

Effective at 0001 hours on September 15, 2017, the directed Federal Illex squid fishery closed for the remainder of the fishing year through December 31, 2017. Permit holders are prohibited from fishing for, catching, possessing, transferring, or landing more than 10,000 lb of Illex squid per trip. No more than 10,000 lb may be landed per calendar day. This prohibition is required by regulation because NOAA Fisheries projects that 95 percent of the 2017 annual catch limit (quota) will have been caught by the effective date. This fishery will reopen at the beginning of the 2018 fishing year, at 0001 hours, January 1, 2018.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is this action being taken?

To avoid quota overages, we are required to close the Illex directed squid fishery when 95 percent of the quota is caught.

How much of the quota has been caught?

As of September 15, 2017, 95 percent of the quota for Illex squid has been caught. Quota monitoring reports are updated and available online.

What if I was fishing for Illex squid on the closure date?

Vessels that have entered port before 00:01 hr on September 15, 2017 may offload and sell more than 10,000 lbs of Illex squid from that trip.

I am a dealer, how does this closure affect me?

Federally permitted dealers may not purchase Illex squid from federally permitted Illex squid vessels that harvest more than 10,000 lb of Illex squid through 2400 hr local time, December 31, 2017, unless it is from a trip on which the vessel entered port before 00:01 hr on September 15, 2017.

Why did the closure date change?

We were able to update our forecast with newly attained data that included a lull in landings that had an impact on the projection date.

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.