Adjustment to the Swordfish General Commercial Permit Retention Limit

Overview

Fishing Type
Commercial
Affected Species
Action Status
Temporary Rule
Effective
01/01/2021
Point of Contact
Randy Blankinship 727-824-5399

Summary

NOAA Fisheries is adjusting the Swordfish General Commercial permit retention limits in the Northwest Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and U.S. Caribbean regions, as shown in the table below. This action is effective January 1, 2021 through June 30, 2021, unless changed via subsequent action. Please see Figure 1 for a map of the regions.

Region

Default Retention Limit per Vessel per Trip

Adjusted Retention Limit per Vessel per Trip

Effective Period (2021)

Northwest Atlantic

 

3 Swordfish/Vessel/Trip

6 Swordfish/Vessel/Trip

January 1 – June 30

Gulf of Mexico

 

3 Swordfish/Vessel/Trip

6 Swordfish/Vessel/Trip

January 1 – June 30

 

 

U.S. Caribbean

 

 

2 Swordfish/Vessel/Trip

6 Swordfish/Vessel/Trip

January 1 – June 30

Florida Swordfish Management Area

0 Swordfish/Vessel/Trip

0 Swordfish/Vessel/Trip

January 1 – June 30

 

These limits should provide additional opportunities to harvest the available U.S. North Atlantic swordfish quota without exceeding it, and to collect data for stock monitoring purposes.

Who is affected?

These retention limits apply to vessels issued a Swordfish General Commercial permit or a Highly Migratory Species Charter/Headboat permit with a commercial endorsement (only when on a non for-hire trip). All swordfish sold under these permits and retention limits must be to a federally-permitted swordfish dealer.

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Map of swordfish management regions

Figure 1: Final management regions for Amendment 8 to the 2006 
Consolidated Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Fishery Management Plan. 


NOAA Fisheries will continue to monitor the North Atlantic swordfish fishery during 2021. Dealers are required to submit weekly landing reports. Depending on fishing effort and catch rates, additional retention limit adjustments or fishery closures may be necessary to ensure that available quota is not exceeded or to enhance scientific data collection from, and fishing opportunities in, all geographic areas.

 

 

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Adjustment to the Swordfish General Commercial Retention Limit

NOAA Fisheries announces an adjustment to the Swordfish General Commercial…
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Last updated by Office of Sustainable Fisheries on 12/08/2020

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