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Modifications to the Scup Commercial Quota Periods

Contact:
Sustainable  Fisheries Division
(978) 281 –9315
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 18, 2018

Effective Date:  May 21, 2018

We have published a final rule that moves the month of October from the Summer period to the Winter II period.  The table below outlines the revised commercial quota period dates.  No changes have been made to the possession limits or the amount of quota allocated annually to each period.

Revised Commercial Quota Period Dates.

Quota Period

Percent Share

Dates

Federal Possession Limits (Per Trip)

lb

kg

Winter I

45.11

January 1 – April 30

50,000

22,680

Summer

38.95

May 1 – September 30

N/A

N/A

Winter II

15.94

October 1 – December 31

12,000

(initial*)

5,443

Total

100.0

N/A

N/A

N/A


* The Winter II possession limit may be adjusted to account for any unused quota from Winter I.  We will notify you of any adjustments to the possession limit prior to the start of the Winter II period.

 2018 Scup Commercial Quota

Quota Period

Percent

Share

2018 Quota

Winter I

45.11

10,820,000

Summer

38.95

9,294,233

Winter II

15.94

3,822,816

Total

100.0

23,937,049

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.