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Proposed Rule to Implement Revised 2021 and Projected 2022 Specifications for the Atlantic Spiny Dogfish Fishery


Fishery Management
Fishing Type
Affected Species
Action Status
Proposed Rule
Point of Contact
Cynthia Ferrio, Fishery Policy Analyst, (978) 281-9180


NOAA Fisheries is proposing revised catch specifications for the 2021 Atlantic spiny dogfish fishery and projected status quo specifications for fishing year 2022, based on the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's updated risk policy, as recommended by the Mid-Atlantic and New England Fishery Management Councils. Although catch limits were already scheduled to increase in 2021, these adjustments to allow more risk for stocks above biomass targets would increase the spiny dogfish commercial quota 8-percent above what was originally projected for 2021, and 27-percent higher than the commercial quota in fishing year 2020. All other management measures and requirements, including the 6,000-lb federal trip limit, would remain unchanged.

Federal Register

Last updated by Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office on 03/04/2021