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Northeast Multispecies Common Pool Vessels Possession and Trip Limit Increase

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
November 29, 2018

Effective Date: November 29, 2018, through April 30, 2019

Effective at 0845 hours on November 29, 2018, the possession and trip limits for Georges Bank (GB) cod are adjusted, as summarized in the table below, for the remainder of the 2018 fishing year, through     April 30, 2019. 

Permit Type

Current Possession/Trip Limits

New Possession/Trip Limits

Day-At-Sea (DAS)

100 lb/DAS, up to 200 lb/trip (Outside of the Eastern U.S./Canada Area)

250 lb/DAS, up to 500 lb/trip

100 lb/DAS, up to 500 lb/trip (Inside the Eastern U.S./Canada Area)

1,000 lb per trip

[Closed Area II Yellowtail Flounder/Haddock

SAP (for targeting haddock)]

500 lb per trip

Handgear A

100 lb/trip

250 lb/trip

Handgear B

25 lb/trip

unchanged

Small Vessel Category*

100 lb/trip

250 lb/trip

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

If you are not participating in a Special Access Program (SAP), have declared your trip through the vessel monitoring system (VMS) or interactive voice response (IVR) system, and have crossed the VMS demarcation line prior to 0845 hours on November 29, 2018, you may land up to new possession and trip limits for that trip. 

If you are participating in the Closed Area II Haddock SAP, have declared your trip through VMS or the IVR system, and have crossed the VMS demarcation line prior to 0845 hours on November 29, 2018, you are not subject to the new possession and trip limits for that trip.

Please note that the GB cod trip limit for vessels participating in the Closed Area II Haddock SAP has been reduced to 500 lb per trip to make it consistent with the trip limit when not participating in a SAP. This reduction in the trip limits for vessels participating in the SAP is expected to prevent an overage of the common pool’s annual quota allocation. 

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 GB cod.

How much of the quota has been caught?

As of October 13, 2018, only 11 percent of the GB cod annual quota has been caught. Quota monitoring reports are updated on the internet.

What happens if the Trimester TAC is exceeded? Underharvested?

If the Trimester 1 or Trimester 2 TAC for a stock is exceeded, the overage is deducted from the Trimester 3 TAC. Any unused portion of the Trimester 1 or Trimester 2 TAC for the stock is carried forward to the following trimester.  No unused portion of the total annual quota may be carried over to the following fishing year.

What happens if the annual quota is exceeded?

If the 2018 fishing year quota is exceeded, the amount of the overage will be deducted from the common pool’s quota for fishing year 2019.