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2019 Specifications for the Monkfish Fishery

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Sustainable  Fisheries Division
(978) 281 –9315
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 19, 2019

Effective Date: May 1, 2019

We are implementing the 2019 specifications for the monkfish fishery as recommended by the Councils and projected in 2017. This action sets quotas for fishing year 2019 (May 1, 2019, through April 30, 2020). The 2019 specifications are part of a multi-year approach that must be formally implemented each year. Table 1 summarizes the 2019 total allowable landings in both the Northern and Southern Fishery Management Areas. These measures are the same as measures implemented in 2017.

Table 1: Monkfish Specifications for Fishing Year 2019

Management Area

Total Allowable Landings

Northern Area

6,338 mt

Southern Area

9,011 mt

All other requirements remain in effect.
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.