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Adjustment of Swordfish General Commercial Permit Retention Limit for July 1–December 31, 2019


Fishing Type
Affected Species
Action Status
Temporary Rule
Point of Contact
Rick Pearson, 727-824-5399


The Swordfish General Commercial permit retention limits in the Northwest Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and U.S. Caribbean regions have been adjusted according to the table below. 

The default Swordfish General Commercial permit retention limit of zero (0) swordfish in the Florida Swordfish Management Area remains the same.

This action is effective July 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019 unless changed via subsequent action. 

Region Default Retention Limit Per Vessel Per Trip

Adjusted Retention Limit Per Vessel Per Trip

(July 1, 2019December 31, 2019)

Northwest Atlantic 3 swordfish 6 swordfish
Gulf of Mexico 3 swordfish 6 swordfish
U.S. Caribbean 2 swordfish 6 swordfish
Florida Swordfish Management Area 0 swordfish 0 swordfish 

Federal Register

Last updated by Office of Sustainable Fisheries on 12/23/2019