NMFS News Release





Northeast Regional Office
One Blackburn Drive
Gloucester, MA 01930




New Illex Squid Permit Requirement

Date: May 28, 1997

CHANGE TO NEW PERMIT REQUIREMENT

You were sent a letter dated April 24, 1997, that told you of new vessel permit requirements for the Illex squid fishery. This letter is to inform you that the new permits are not required until July 1, 1997. The new requirements are summarized below:

LIMITED ACCESS PERMIT CATEGORY

Illex Squid Moratorium Permit: A moratorium (limited access) permit for Illex squid will be required for a vessel to harvest, possess, or land more than 5,000 pounds of Illex squid from the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) on a single trip. To qualify for this permit, a vessel must meet the following eligibility criteria:

(1) The vessel landed and sold at least 5,000 pounds of Illex squid on five separate trips between August 13, 1981, and August 13, 1993; or,

(2) The vessel was under construction for, or was being rerigged for, use in the directed fishery for Illex squid on August 13, 1993, provided the vessel landed and sold at least 5,000 pounds of Illex squid on five separate trips prior December 31, 1994; or,

(3) The vessel is replacing such a vessel and meets the replacement restrictions.

OPEN ACCESS PERMIT CATEGORIES

Squid/Butterfish Incidental Catch: Any vessel of the United States may be issued this permit to fish for or retain up to 2,500 pounds each of Loligo squid or butterfish, or up to 5,000 pounds of Illex squid as an incidental catch in another directed fishery in the EEZ on any single trip.

If your vessel currently has a 1997 Loligo/Butterfish Incidental Catch permit or a Atlantic Mackerel/Illex squid permit, you do not need to select the new Squid/Butterfish Incidental Catch permit shown above. Either of these permits will allow you to retain up to 5,000 pounds of Illex squid on a single trip for the remainder of 1997.



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