NMFS News Release





Northeast Regional Office
One Blackburn Drive
Gloucester, MA 01930




Georges Bank Haddock Landing Report - 12/24/97

For the 1997 fishing year only, the haddock landing limit increased, beginning September 1, 1997, from 1,000 pounds per trip to 1,000 pounds per day, to a maximum of 10,000 pounds per trip. Once the Regional Administrator projects that 1,150 metric tons (MT) of the 1,608 MT target total allowable catch of Georges Bank haddock is harvested, the National Marine Fisheries Service will publish a notice in the Federal Register specifying when the management measure for haddock will revert back to a 1,000 pound per trip possession limit. Vessel owners will also be notified by a permit holder letter. The following is a preliminary report representing a combination of vessel and dealer statistics for Georges Bank haddock. The results may fluctuate, both upward and downward, as additional data from either source are received.

1997

GEORGES BANK HADDOCK LANDINGS

Month
Week Ending

Date
Metric Tons
May-August
-
199.89
September
-
223.09
October
-
187.30
-
November 8
20.94
-
November 15
19.63
-
November 22
32.29
-
November 29
39.02
-
December 6
11.91
-
December 13
35.46
-
December 20 44.64
Fishing Year Total
-
814.17*

*The fishing year total of 814.17 MT represents approximately 71% of the 1,150 MT trigger. Please note: All figures have been converted to live weight. Please call Susan A. Murphy (508-281-9252) or Greg Power (508-281-9304) if you have any questions regarding this report.

12/24/97



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