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Barndoor Skate Provisions

Barndoor Skate

Possession and landing of barndoor skate has been prohibited since 2003, when the Northeast Skate Complex Fishery Management Plan (FMP) was first implemented. However, barndoor skate stock was declared rebuilt in 2016, and under Framework Adjustment 5 to the FMP, limited retention of barndoor skate is now allowed in the directed wing fishery.

Specifically, a proportional barndoor skate limit of 25% of overall skate catch is now permitted on directed wing fishery trips only (See Table Below). The barndoor skate wing possession limit is included within (not in addition to) the overall wing possession limit for any trip (i.e., total pounds of skate wings on board, including barndoor skate wings, are not allowed to exceed 2,600 lb in Season 1 and 4,100 lb in Season 2). However, the full barndoor limit may be retained even if the full wing possession limit has not been caught.  For example, a vessel may possess 650 lb of barndoor skate wings on board in season 1, even if the vessel does has not caught the full 2,600 lb wing possession limit during the trip.  

Proportional Barndoor Skate Possession Limits

Type of Trip Season Trip Limit (lb)
Skate Wings Whole Skates Barndoor Skate Wings Whole Barndoor Skates
Northeast (NE) Multispecies A, Scallop, or Monkfish DAS* May 1 – August 31 2,600 5,902 650 1,476
September 1 – April 30 4,100 9,307 1,025 2,327

*When targeting skates on this type of trip, a vessel is understood to be participating in the "directed skate wing fishery."

At this time, retention of barndoor skates is only allowed for vessels operating in the directed skate wing fishery. Any possession or landing of barndoor skates is still prohibited for vessels operating under any other fishing scenarios or possession limits for skates not explicitly described as permitted (see above table), including the following:

*This does not include vessels in the directed skate wing fishery following an inseason adjustment reducing the possession limit to an incidental limit. This only applies to vessels not on a DAS.

Vessels planning on possessing and landing barndoor skate under the provisional measures described in Framework 5 should be aware of the following additional requirements and regulations regarding retention of barndoor skates:

For more information about provisional barndoor skate retention, please see Framework Adjustment 5 to the FMP.