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FY 2018 Groundfish Landing/Possession Limits; Common Pool Fishery

These landing/possession limits are subject to change during the fishing year.  This summary provides a broad overview of restrictions and requirements; the regulations described here can be found at 50 CFR 648.82, 648.83, 648.85, 648.86, and 648.88.

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May 1, 2018

Species

Minimum Size

Stock Area1

A DAS

Handgear A

Handgear B

Regular B DAS Program

Separator or Ruhle Trawl3

Non-Trawl Gear

Cod

19"

GOM

50 lb per DAS, up to 100 lb per trip

50 lb per trip

25 lb per trip

25 lb per trip

OFF GB, IN GB, and SNE

100 lb per DAS, up to 200 lb per trip
(outside of the Eastern U.S./Canada Area)2

100 lb per trip

25 lb per trip

100 lb per DAS, up to 1,000 lb per trip

100 lb per DAS up to 500 lb per trip
(E. U.S./Canada Area)

1,000 lb per trip
Closed Area I Hook Gear Haddock SAP -or-
Closed Area II Yellowtail Flounder/Haddock
SAP (for targeting haddock)

Haddock

16"

GOM

1,000 lb per DAS, up to 2,000 lb per trip

OFF GB, IN GB, and SNE

100,000 lb per trip

Pollock

19"

All Areas

Unlimited

Redfish

7"

All Areas

Unlimited

White hake

none

All Areas

1,500 lb per trip

Atlantic halibut

41"

All Areas

1 fish per trip

Yellowtail flounder

12"

GOM, IN GB

750 lb per DAS up to 1,500 lb per trip

25 lb per DAS to 250 lb per trip

SNE

100 lb per DAS, up to 200 lb per trip

OFF GB

100 lb per trip

500 lb per trip of
all flatfish combined.  However, may not exceed A-DAS limit for any stock

100 lb per trip

American plaice
(dabs)

12"

All Areas

750 lb per DAS up to 1,500 lb per trip

100 lb per DAS, up
to 1,000 lb per trip

Witch flounder
(gray sole)

13"

All Areas

400 lb per trip

100 lb per DAS, up
to 250 lb per trip

Winter flounder

12"

OFF GB

250 lb per trip

100 lb per DAS, up
to 250 lb per trip

IN GB, SNE

2,000 lb per DAS, up to 4,000 lb per trip

100 lb per DAS, up
to 1,000 lb per trip

GOM

1,000 lb per trip

100 lb per DAS, up
to 1,000 lb per trip

Windowpane Flounder

All Areas

Zero – possession prohibited

Ocean Pout

Atlantic Wolffish

1 Broad Stock Areas:  Gulf of Maine (GOM), Inshore Georges Bank (IN GB), Offshore Georges Bank (OFF GB), and Southern New England (SNE)

2 Vessel must submit GOM Cod Trip Limit Exemption Form via VMS

3 Gear performance trip limits of 500 lb all flatfish combined, 500 lb whole monkfish (unless restricted by the monkfish FMP), 500 lb whole skate, and zero lobsters also apply