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2020 Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Specifications


Fishing Type
Action Status
Final Rule
Point of Contact
Alyson Pitts, Fishery Management Specialist, (978) 281-9352


We are announcing 2020 fishing year quotas in the Atlantic mackerel, longfin squid, Illex squid, and butterfish fisheries, as recommended by the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council. This action maintains previously approved catch levels for 2020 for Illex squid, longfin squid, and butterfish, rolls over the 2019 catch level to 2020 for Atlantic mackerel, maintains the 129 mt river herring and shad catch cap, and makes other minor adjustments to the management plan.


2020 Illex Squid Quota Harvested

Closure of the Directed Federal Illex Squid Fishery Illex squid landings limited to 10,000 lb per day Effective Date: August 31, 2020, through December 31, 2020
August 28, 2020 -

NOAA Fisheries Announces an Increase to the Illex Squid Annual Quota

The 2020 Illex squid acceptable biological catch in increased from 26,000 mt to 30,000 mt.
August 03, 2020 -

2020 Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Specifications

NOAA Fisheries has approved updated Atlantic mackerel, squid, and butterfish specifications for the 2020 fishing year.
February 26, 2020 -

Last updated by Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office on 04/22/2022