Illex Permitting and Mackerel, Squid, Butterfish FMP Goals and Objectives Amendment


To ensure optimal management and fishery operation, the Council is considering modifications to the Illex permitting system as well as revisions to the goals and objectives for the Mackerel, Squid, Butterfish (MSB) Fishery Management Plan (FMP).

In June 2017, the Council considered, but did not adopt, revisions to Illex squid permits as part of Amendment 20 to the FMP (December 14, 2018; 83 FR 64257). Since then, effort has increased and the fishery has been closed in both 2017 and 2018 after fully harvesting available Illex squid quota.  Given recent fishery performance, the Council is evaluating if permitted access to the Illex fishery should be modified based on recent and historical participation.  Existing FMP goals and objectives have not been revised since they were originally established and are being reconsidered in this action as well.


Jason Didden, Fishery Management Specialist,, (302) 526-5254


Development on this Amendment will continue throughout 2019 and into 2020. An FMAT meeting is scheduled for October 29, 2019.