Amendment 20 to the Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fishery Management Plan


Fishing Type
Action Status
Final Rule
Point of Contact
Douglas Christel, Fishery Policy Analyst, (978) 281-9141


NOAA Fisheries approves and implements through regulations measures included in Amendment 20 to the Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fishery Management Plan, as adopted by the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council. This action is necessary to prevent the reactivation of latent effort in the longfin squid fishery, preserve economic opportunities for more recently active participants in the longfin squid fishery, avoid overharvest during Trimester II (May‚ÄďAugust) of the longfin squid fishery, and reduce potential negative impacts on inshore spawning longfin squid aggregations and squid egg masses. This action is intended to promote the sustainable utilization and conservation of the squid and butterfish resources, while promoting the sustained participation of fishing communities and minimizing adverse economic impacts on such This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 12/14/2018 and available online at¬†communities.

Federal Register


Tier 3 Longfin Squid Incidental Catch Permit Changes

A vessel issued an open access squid/butterfish incidental catch permit may qualify for a new Tier 3 permit.
December 13, 2018 -

TIer 1 and Tier 2 Longfin Squid and Butterfish Moratorium Permit Changes

New longfin squid and butterfish moratorium permits become effective on March 1, 2019.
December 13, 2018 -

Last updated on 12/13/2018