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July 11, 2017
NOAA Fisheries Announces Monkfish Quotas for 2017 to 2019
|NOAA Fisheries announces monkfish quotas for the fishing years 2017 through 2019 (May 1, 2017 through April 30, 2020).
This action also approves possession limit and days-at-sea (DAS) increases for limited access monkfish permit holders.
Northern Fishery Management Area
We are increasing the monkfish quota in the Northern Fishery Management Area by about 8 percent. Incidental landing limits for vessels fishing on a groundfish DAS would also increase:
Southern Fishery Management Area
We are increasing the monkfish quota in the Southern Fishery Management Area by approximately 1 percent. Fishermen can now fish five more DAS in the Southern area; an increase from 32 to 37 DAS. Southern Area trip limits also increase for limited access vessels:
These management measures are designed to increase monkfish landings, provide operational flexibility, and increase economic efficiency.
Questions? Contact Jennifer Goebel at 978-281-9175 or firstname.lastname@example.org
May 4, 2017
We would like to remind monkfish permit holders that there have not been any changes to the monkfish possession limits for 2017.
We have not yet published a proposed rule soliciting public comment on Framework Adjustment 10 to the Monkfish Fishery Management Plan. If approved, Framework 10 would increase several possession limits.
We anticipate the proposed rule will be filing soon, and will announce when the proposed and final rules are published.
Questions? Contact William Whitmore at 978-281-9182 or email@example.com