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Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Fishery; 2018-2020 Fishing Quotas


Fishing Type
Action Status
Final Rule
Point of Contact
Erin Wilkinson, Fishery Management Specialist, (301) 427-8561.


This final rule implements status quo commercial quotas for the Atlantic surfclam and ocean quahog fisheries for 2018 and projected status quo quotas for 2019 and 2020. This action is necessary to establish allowable harvest levels of Atlantic surfclams and ocean quahogs that will prevent overfishing and allow harvesting of optimum yield. This action also continues to suspend the minimum shell size for Atlantic surfclams for the 2018 fishing year. The intended effect of this action is to provide benefit to the industry from stable quotas to maintain a consistent market.

Federal Register


Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Permit Holders; 2018 Quota Specifications and Surfclam Minimum Size Suspension

Fishing year 2018 (January 1- December 31, 2018) quotas are 3.4 million bushels for Atlantic surfclams, 5.3 million bushels for ocean quahogs, and 100,000 Maine bushels for Maine ocean quahogs. These quotas are unchanged from fishing year 2017.
February 05, 2018 -

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