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Longfin Squid and Butterfish Permit Changes - Amendment 20

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
December 13, 2018

New/revised permits effective March 1, 2019 

We approved Amendment 20 to the Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fishery Management Plan. This action revises the current longfin squid/butterfish moratorium permit and longfin squid possession limits to preserve fishing opportunities for more recently active participants in the fishery and avoid overharvesting the Trimester II longfin squid quota. 

 This bulletin provides a summary of approved measures. More detailed information can be found in the Amendment 20 final rule and on our Atlantic mackerel, squid, and butterfish page (https://www.greateratlantic.fisheries.noaa.gov/sustainable/species/msb/index.html).

Changes to Longfin Squid/Butterfish Moratorium Permits and Possession Limits

Amendment 20 separates the current longfin squid/butterfish moratorium permit (SMB1) into two separate permits and creates a tiered permit system for longfin squid moratorium permits based on recent landings history (see table below). All vessels that are currently issued a SMB1 permit will automatically be issued a new, separate butterfish moratorium permit and either a Tier 1 or Tier 2 longfin squid moratorium permit.  New longfin squid and butterfish moratorium permits and possession limits become effective on March 1, 2019. Changes to longfin squid/butterfish permits and possession limits are in bold in the table below. 

Permit Category

Description

Possession Limit

When Directed Fishery Is Open

Possession Limit

When Directed Fishery is Closed

SMB1A

Tier 1 Longfin Squid Moratorium

Unlimited

2,500 lb longfin squid per trip in Trimesters I and III

 

250 lb longfin squid per trip in Trimester II

SMB1B

Tier 2 Longfin Squid Moratorium

5,000 lb longfin squid per trip

SMB1C

Tier 3 Longfin Squid Incidental Moratorium

2,500 lb longfin squid per trip

SMB3

Squid/Butterfish Incidental

250 lb longfin squid per trip

600 lb butterfish per trip

SMB6

Butterfish Moratorium

Unlimited

when fishing with at least 3-inch mesh

600 lb butterfish per trip

5,000 lb butterfish per trip

when fishing less than 3-inch mesh

Call Sustainable Fisheries at (978) 281-9315 if you have questions about this action.