Period III Loligo Squid Fishery Closed
Date: August 29, 2000
Dear Loligo Squid Dealer and Commercial Vessel Permit Holder:
This letter is to advise you that the directed fishery for Loligo squid in the EEZ will be closed, effective 0001 hours, September 7, 2000. As of that date, vessels issued Federal permits for Loligo squid may not retain or land more than 2,500 lb of Loligo per trip. This closure will cease at 0001 hours, January 1, 2001, at which time the 2001 Period I quota for the Loligo squid fishery will become effective.
The regulations at 50 CFR 648.22 require me to close the Loligo squid directed fishery when 95 percent of the annual quota is harvested. The 2000 quota for Loligo squid is 13,000 mt, or 28,659,612 lb (65 FR 16341, March 28, 2000). Based on landings and other available information, I have determined that 95 percent of the quota (27,226,631 lb) will have been harvested by September 7, 2000.
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council has recommended that additional quota be allocated for the year 2000, and the request is under review. If NMFS approves the request, a notice of reopening will be published in the Federal Register to inform the industry.
If you have any questions, please contact Paul H. Jones at (978)281-9273.