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Northeast Multispecies Common Pool Vessels Possession and Trip Limit Increase

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Sustainable  Fisheries Division
(978) 281 –9315
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 12, 2019

Northeast Multispecies Common Pool Vessels

Possession and Trip Limit Increase

for Gulf of Maine Cod and Witch Flounder

Effective Date: March 13, 2019, through April 30, 2019

Effective at 0001 hours on March 13, 2019, the possession and trip limits for Gulf of Maine (GOM) cod and witch flounder are increased, as summarized in the table below, for the remainder of the 2018 fishing year, through April 30, 2019.

 

Stock

Permit

Current

New

GOM cod

A Days-at-Sea (DAS)

50 lb per DAS, up to 100 lb per trip

100 lb per DAS, up to 200 lb per trip

Handgear A

50 lb per trip

100 lb per trip

Handgear B

25 lb per trip

25 lb per trip

Small Vessel Category*

50 lb per trip

100 lb trip

Witch flounder

A DAS

400 lb per trip

600 lb per trip

Handgear A

Handgear B

Small Vessel Category*

*The Small Vessel Category trip limit of 300 lb of cod, yellowtail flounder, and haddock combined remains in place.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is this action being taken?

We are increasing the possession and trip limits to provide additional fishing opportunities and facilitate harvest of the quota for GOM cod and witch flounder.

How much of the quota has been caught?

Based on recent catch information, only 44.9 percent of the GOM cod annual quota has been caught, and only 28.2 percent of the witch flounder annual quota has been caught.  Quota monitoring reports are updated on the internet at http://www.greateratlantic.fisheries.noaa.gov/.

Is there a chance that the trip limit will go back down?

We will set initial trip limits for the 2019 fishing year beginning on May 1, 2019, in a separate upcoming action based on the final annual catch limits approved. More information on the proposed 2019 trip limits will be made available here: http://www.greateratlantic.fisheries.noaa.gov/.

What happens if the Trimester TAC is Underharvested?

Any unused portion of the Trimester 1 or Trimester 2 TAC for these stocks are carried forward to the following trimester. No unused portion of the total annual quota may be carried over to the following fishing year.

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.