NMFS News Release

Northeast Regional Office
One Blackburn Drive
Gloucester, MA 01930

2001 Final Initial Specifications for the Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fisheries

Date: March 1, 2001

Dear Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and/or Butterfish Permit Holder:

This letter announces final initial specifications for the 2001 fishing year for Atlantic mackerel, squid, and butterfish, as follows:

Specifications Loligo Squid Illex Squid Atlantic Mackerel Butterfish
Max OY 26,000 24,000 N/A1 16,000
ABC 17,000 24,000 347,000 7,200
IOY 17,000 24,000 88,0002 5,900
DAH 17,000 24,000 85,0003 5,897
DAP 17,000 24,000 50,000 5,897
JVP 0 0 20,0004 0
TALFF 0 0 3,000 35

Maximum Optimum Yield (Max OY), Allowable Biological Catch (ABC), Initial Optimum Yield (IOY), Domestic Annual Harvest (DAH), Domestic Annual Processing (DAP), Joint Venture Processing (JVP), and Total Allowable Levels of Foreign Fishing (TALFF)

1 Not applicable

2 OY may be increased during the year, but the total ABC will not exceed 347,000 mt

3 Includes 15,000 mt of Atlantic mackerel recreational allocation

4 JVP may be increased up to 30,000 mt at discretion of the Regional Administrator

5 Bycatch TALFF specified at 648.21(b)(3)(ii)


The annual Loligo quota (DAH) will be sub-divided into quarterly periods, as follows:

Quarter Percent Metric Tons
I (Jan-Mar) 33.23 5,649
II (Apr-Jun) 17.61 2,994
III (Jul-Sep) 17.30 2,941
IV (Oct-Dec) 31.86 5,416
Total 100.00 17,000

In addition, the directed fishery will be closed in Quarters I-III when 80 percent of the period's allocation is harvested, with vessels restricted to a 2,500-lb Loligo trip limit until the end of the respective quarter. Additionally, when 95 percent of the total annual DAH has been harvested, the trip limit will be reduced to 2,500-lb of Loligo for the remainder of the year. In both cases where the 2,500-lb trip limit has been triggered, vessels will be prohibited from possessing or landing more than 2,500-lb in a single day. Any quota overage in Quarter I will be deducted from the allocation in Quarter III, and any overage in Quarter II will be deducted from Quarter IV.

You are encouraged to obtain further information or a copy of the regulations by calling (978) 281-9315. This letter does not contain all the regulatory provisions that pertain to these species, and consequently, has no legal force or effect. A copy of the regulations can also be obtained through a link to the Office of the Federal Register at the NMFS Northeast Regional Office's Web Site: http://www.nero.nmfs.gov/ro/doc/nero.html.

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

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