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2013 Quotas

The DAH represents the effective catch limit for the each fishery.  The Atlantic mackerel fishery has a recreational quota that is specified annually. The 2013 recreational quota is 2,443 mt.

Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish 2013 Specifications (mt)

Specifications

Mackerel

Butterfish

Illex

Longfin

Allowable Biological Catch (ABC)

43,781

8,400

24,000

23,400

Annual Catch Limit (ACL)

43,781

8,400

N/A

N/A

Commercial Annual Catch Target (ACT)

34,907

7,560

N/A

N/A

Recreational ACT/Recreational Harvest Limit

2,443

N/A

N/A

N/A

Domestic Annual Harvest (DAH/quota)

33,821

2,570

22,915

22,049

Tier 3 Mackerel Allocation (7% of DAH)

2,368

N/A

N/A

N/A

Research Set Aside (RSA)

N/A

36

N/A

396

Butterfish Mortality Cap in the longfin squid fishery

3,884


The table below describes trimester allocations and closure thresholds for longfin squid and the butterfish mortality cap (all allocations are in metric tons).

 

Trimester I

(Jan-Apr)

Trimester II

(May-Aug)

Trimester III

(Sep-Dec)

Longfin squid Quota

22,049 mt total

Allocation

9,481

3,748

8,820

Closure Threshold

Directed Longfin Fishery

8,532

(90%*9,481)

3,373

(90%*3,748)

20,947 (95%*22,049)

 

Butterfish Cap

3,884 mt total

Allocation

2,525

128

1231

Closure Threshold

Directed Longfin Fishery

2,020

(80%*2,525)

2,913

(75%*3,884)

3,496 

(90%*3,884)

The longfin squid fishery may be closed either if longfin landings are projected to reach the longfin closure threshold or if butterfish catch reaches the butterfish mortality cap closure threshold in any Trimester.

For longfin squid:

How often do the quotas change for this fishery?  Specifications for MSB fisheries are set from 1-3 years, depending on the species.  The longfin and Illex squid specifications have been set for 2012-2014, the mackerel specifications were set for 2013-2015, and the butterfish specifications were set for 2013 only.

Butterfish 3-Phase Management System:

The butterfish fishery operates on a 3 phase management system where butterfish trip limits are reduced from Phase 1 to Phase 2, and again from Phase 2 to Phase 3 when catch reaches a particular closure threshold. 

Phase 1: 

Phase 1 begins at the start of the butterfish fishing year on January 1. 

During phase 1, the butterfish trip limits are:

Phase 2:

Once butterfish harvest reaches the trip limit reduction threshold to move from phase 1 to phase 2, the butterfish trip limits will be:  

Phase 3: 

When butterfish harvest is projected to reach the trip hold reduction threshold to move from phase 2 to phase 3, the butterfish trip limit will be:

The trip limit reduction thresholds to move from phase 1 to phase 2, and to move from phase 2 to phase 3, will change bi-monthly throughout the year as shown in the table below.  We will publish a notice in the Federal Register and notify the butterfish fleet via Fisheries bulletin, coast guard radio, NOAA weather radio, vessel monitoring system (VMS) message, and on our website once the trip limit reduction threshold is reached, and a new phase begins. 

Butterfish Trip Limit Reduction Thresholds

  Phase 2 Phase 3
Months

Trip Limit Reduction Threshold

(Percent of quota)

Corresponding

Butterfish quota level (mt)

Trip Limit Reduction Threshold

(Percent of quota)

Corresponding Butterfish quota level (mt)
Jan - Feb 40 1,028 58 1,491
Mar-Apr 47 1,208 64 1,645
May-Jun 55 1,414 71 1,825
Jul-Aug 63 1,619 78 2,005
Sept-Oct 71 1,825 85 2,185
Nov-Dec 78 2,005 91 2,339