Proposed 2015 Atlantic Mackerel, Squid and Butterfish Specifications

NOAA Fisheries Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office released the following announcement on November 14, 2014:

Today NOAA Fisheries published proposed specifications for the Atlantic mackerel, squid and butterfish fisheries for fishing year 2015.  Through this action, NOAA Fisheries proposes to:

  • Increase the butterfish quota from 9,100 mt to 22,530 mt due to improved stock condition;
  • Decrease the mackerel quota from 33,821 mt to 20,872 mt due to uncertainty about the stock's condition; 
  • Keep longfish and Illex squid quotas at the same level; and
  • Establish a two-phase cap on river herring and shad catch in the mackerel fishery.

Please click here to view the proposed rule and associated environmental assessment.

Public comments must be received by 5 pm on December 15th.