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Final Rule for 2023 Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Specifications


Fishing Type
Affected Species
Action Status
Final Rule
Point of Contact
Doug Potts, Fishery Policy Analyst, (978) 281-9314


This rule finalizes 2023 commercial harvest quotas for Atlantic surfclams and ocean quahogs. The final quotas, which have remained unchanged since 2004, are:

  • Atlantic surfclams: 3.4 million bushels
  • Ocean quahogs: 5.36 million bushels
  • Maine ocean quahogs: 100,000 Maine bushels

In addition, the Atlantic surfclam minimum size limit will be suspended for the 2023 fishing year.

Federal Register

Last updated by Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office on 11/18/2022