NMFS News Release

Northeast Regional Office
One Blackburn Drive
Gloucester, MA 01930

Loligo Squid Fishery Reopens

Date: October 5, 2000

Dear Loligo Squid Dealer and Commercial Vessel Permit Holder:

This letter is to inform you that I have approved a 2,000-mt (4,409,171-lb) inseason adjustment (increase) to the 2000 specifications for Loligo squid. As a result, the directed fishery for Loligo squid in the EEZ will reopen for the period October 7, 2000, through October 25, 2000.

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. With this adjustment, the 2000 quota for Loligo squid is 15,000 mt, or 33,068,783 lb. Based on landings and other available information, I have determined that 95 percent of the annual quota (31,415,344 lb) will have been harvested by October 25, 2000.

Therefore, vessels issued a commercial Federal fisheries permit for the Loligo squid fishery may land Loligo squid effective 0001 hours, October 7, 2000, through October 25, 2000. Additionally, dealers issued Federal dealer permits for Loligo squid are advised that they may purchase Loligo squid from federally permitted vessels through October 25, 2000. Effective 0001 hours, October 26, 2000, the directed fishery for Loligo squid will close and vessels issued Federal permits for Loligo squid may not retain or land more than 2,500 lb (1.13 mt) of Loligo per trip. The directed fishery will reopen effective 0001 hours, January 1, 2001, which marks the beginning of the Period I quota for the 2001 fishing year.

If you have any questions, please contact Paul H. Jones at (978)281-9273.

This notice is authorized by the Regional Administrator of the National Marine Fisheries Service

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