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2018-2020 Commercial Whiting Fishery Specifications

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Sustainable  Fisheries Division
(978) 281 –9315
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 13, 2018

Effective Date: June 14, 2018

NOAA Fisheries announces final 2018 and projected 2019-2020 specifications for the small-mesh multispecies (whiting) fishery (Table 1).

Table 1. Small-Mesh Multispecies Specifications for Fishing Years 2018-2020, in metric tons

Stock

Overfishing Limit

Acceptable Biological Catch

Annual Catch Limit

Total Allowable Landings

Northern Silver Hake

58,350

31,030

29,475

26,604

Northern Red Hake

840

721

685

274

Southern Whiting*

31,180

19,395

18,425

14,465

Southern Red Hake

1,150

1,060

1,007

305

*Southern whiting includes southern silver hake and offshore hake

All other management measures in the small-mesh multispecies fishery (such as possession limits) remain unchanged. These catch limits and quotas for the 2018 fishing year are effective on June 14, 2018.

These specifications are predicted to be unchanged for fishing years 2019 and 2020, and are provided early for planning purposes. The New England 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.

For more information on the whiting fishery, please visit our website.

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.