2017 Atlantic Swordfish Landings Updates

These notices are a courtesy to Atlantic swordfish fishery interests to keep you informed about the fishery. Official notice of federal fishery actions is made through filing such notice with the Office of the Federal Register. Catch statistics from previous months are available below or by contacting Steve Durkee at (202) 670-6637.

NOAA Fisheries estimates landings using commercial dealer reports and reports by anglers in the HMS Non-Tournament Recreational Swordfish and Billfish Landings Database and the Recreational Billfish Survey. Please note that these estimates are subject to late reporting and do not include discards. Totals are reported in metric tons dressed weight (1 metric ton is equal to 2,204.6 pounds).

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December 2017

Posted January 17, 2018

The table below provides preliminary landings estimates and remaining quotas as of December 31, 2017, for the Atlantic swordfish fisheries for the 2017 fishing year. 

North Atlantic Swordfish

   

2017 Landings

(mt dw)

Percent Baseline Quota Taken

Percent  Adjusted Quota Taken

Landings for Same Period
2016
(mt dw)

Directed Fishery* Jan 1 - June 30 439.1 33.3%
(1,318.8 mt dw)
29.2%
(1,504.7 mt dw)
511.9
  July 1 - Dec 31 461.9 35.0%
(1,318.8 mt dw)
30.7%
(1,504.7 mt dw)
534.7
Incidental Fishery** Commercial Landings 12.6 11.3%
(300 mt dw)
11.3%
(300 mt dw)
12.5
  Recreational Landings 21.3     19.8
Total   935.0 31.8%
(2,937.6 mt dw)
28.3%
(3,309.4 mt dw)
1,079.0

* Annual directed quota split equally into two 6 month seasons (baseline: 1,318.8 mt dw per season); contains landings reported by vessels with a directed swordfish limited access permit, handgear swordfish limited access permit, swordfish general commercial permit, HMS commercial Caribbean small boat permit, or HMS charter/headboat permit (when on a non for-hire trip).

** Recreational landings (HMS angling permit or HMS charter/headboat permit when on a for-hire trip) and commercial landings by incidental swordfish limited access and incidental HMS squid trawl permit holders count toward the annual incidental quota.

South Atlantic Swordfish

 

2017 Landings

(mt dw)

Percent Baseline Quota Taken

Percent Adjusted Quota Taken

Landings for Same Period
2016
(mt dw)

Directed Fishery
(Annual Quota)
0.0

0.0%

(75.2 mt dw)

N/A 0.0
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November 2017

Posted December 11, 2017

The table below provides preliminary landings estimates and remaining quotas as of November 30, 2017, for the Atlantic swordfish fisheries for the 2017 fishing year. 

North Atlantic Swordfish

   

2017 Landings

(mt dw)

Percent Baseline Quota Taken

Percent  Adjusted Quota Taken

Landings for Same Period
2016
(mt dw)

Directed Fishery* Jan 1 - June 30 438.9 33.3%
(1,318.8 mt dw)
29.2%
(1,504.7 mt dw)
466.3
  July 1 - Dec 31 375.4 28.5%
(1,318.8 mt dw)
24.9%
(1,504.7 mt dw)
465.1
Incidental Fishery** Commercial Landings 10.9 10.4%
(300 mt dw)
10.4%
(300 mt dw)
11.5
  Recreational Landings 20.3     18.5
Total   845.6 28.8%
(2,937.6 mt dw)
25.6%
(3,309.4 mt dw)
961.4

* Annual directed quota split equally into two 6 month seasons (baseline: 1,318.8 mt dw per season); contains landings reported by vessels with a directed swordfish limited access permit, handgear swordfish limited access permit, swordfish general commercial permit, HMS commercial Caribbean small boat permit, or HMS charter/headboat permit (when on a non for-hire trip).

** Recreational landings (HMS angling permit or HMS charter/headboat permit when on a for-hire trip) and commercial landings by incidental swordfish limited access and incidental HMS squid trawl permit holders count toward the annual incidental quota.

South Atlantic Swordfish

 

2017 Landings

(mt dw)

Percent Baseline Quota Taken

Percent Adjusted Quota Taken

Landings for Same Period
2016
(mt dw)

Directed Fishery
(Annual Quota)
0.0

0.0%

(75.2 mt dw)

N/A 0.0
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October 2017

Posted November 9, 2017

The table below provides preliminary landings estimates and remaining quotas as of October 31, 2017, for the Atlantic swordfish fisheries for the 2017 fishing year. 

North Atlantic Swordfish

   

2017 Landings

(mt dw)

Percent
 Baseline Quota Taken

Percent Adjusted Quota Taken

Landings for Same Period
2016
(mt dw)

Directed Fishery* Jan 1 - June 30 438.9 33.3%
(1,318.8 mt dw)
29.2%
(1,504.7 mt dw)
465.7
  July 1 - Dec 31 305.3 23.2%
(1,318.8 mt dw)
20.3%
(1,504.7 mt dw)
379.0
Incidental Fishery** Commercial Landings 9.5 9.6%
(300 mt dw)
9.6%
(300 mt dw)
9.5
  Recreational Landings 19.4     15.6
Total   773.1 26.3%
(2,937.6 mt dw)
23.4%
(3,309.4 mt dw)
869.8

* Annual directed quota split equally into two 6 month seasons (baseline: 1,318.8 mt dw per season); contains landings reported by vessels with a directed swordfish limited access permit, handgear swordfish limited access permit, swordfish general commercial permit, HMS commercial Caribbean small boat permit, or HMS charter/headboat permit (when on a non for-hire trip).

** Recreational landings (HMS angling permit or HMS charter/headboat permit when on a for-hire trip) and commercial landings by incidental swordfish limited access and incidental HMS squid trawl permit holders count toward the annual incidental quota.

South Atlantic Swordfish

 

2017 Landings

(mt dw)

Percent Baseline Quota Taken

Percent Adjusted Quota Taken

Landings for Same Period
2016
(mt dw)

Directed Fishery
(Annual Quota)
0.0

0.0%

(75.2 mt dw)

N/A 0.0
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September 2017

Posted October 12, 2017

The table below provides preliminary landings estimates and remaining quotas as of September 30, 2017, for the Atlantic swordfish fisheries for the 2017 fishing year. 

North Atlantic Swordfish

   

2017 Landings

(mt dw)

Percent Baseline Quota Taken

Percent  Adjusted Quota Taken

Landings for Same Period
2016
(mt dw)

Directed Fishery* Jan 1 - June 30 442.3 33.5%
(1,318.8 mt dw)
29.4%
(1,504.7 mt dw)
466.8
  July 1 - Dec 31 202.1 15.3%
(1,318.8 mt dw)
13.4%
(1,504.7 mt dw)
303.3
Incidental Fishery** Commercial Landings 7.2 8.2%
(300 mt dw)
8.2%
(300 mt dw)
8.7
  Recreational Landings 17.4     13.3
Total   669.0 22.8%
(2,937.6 mt dw)
20.2%
(3,309.4 mt dw)
792.1

* Annual directed quota split equally into two 6 month seasons (baseline: 1,318.8 mt dw per season); contains landings reported by vessels with a directed swordfish limited access permit, handgear swordfish limited access permit, swordfish general commercial permit, HMS commercial Caribbean small boat permit, or HMS charter/headboat permit (when on a non for-hire trip).

** Recreational landings (HMS angling permit or HMS charter/headboat permit when on a for-hire trip) and commercial landings by incidental swordfish limited access and incidental HMS squid trawl permit holders count toward the annual incidental quota.

South Atlantic Swordfish

 

2017 Landings

(mt dw)

Percent Baseline Quota Taken

Percent Adjusted Quota Taken

Landings for Same Period
2016
(mt dw)

Directed Fishery
(Annual Quota)
0.0

0.0%

(75.2 mt dw)

0.0%

(75.1 mt dw)

0.0
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August 2017

Posted September 15, 2017

The table below provides preliminary landings estimates and remaining quotas as of August 31, 2017, for the Atlantic swordfish fisheries for the 2017 fishing year. 

North Atlantic Swordfish

   

2017 Landings

(mt dw)

Percent Baseline Quota Taken

Percent  Adjusted Quota Taken

Landings for Same Period
2016
(mt dw)

Directed Fishery* Jan 1 - June 30 440.5 33.4%
(1,318.8 mt dw)
29.3%
(1,504.7 mt dw)
467.6
  July 1 - Dec 31 95.9 7.3%
(1,318.8 mt dw)
6.4%
(1,504.7 mt dw)
154.0
Incidental Fishery** Commercial Landings 4.0 6.5%
(300 mt dw)
6.5%
(300 mt dw)
8.4
  Recreational Landings 15.5     11.0
Total   555.9 18.9%
(2,937.6 mt dw)
16.8%
(3,309.4 mt dw)
641.1

* Annual directed quota split equally into two 6 month seasons (baseline: 1,318.8 mt dw per season); contains landings reported by vessels with a directed swordfish limited access permit, handgear swordfish limited access permit, swordfish general commercial permit, HMS commercial Caribbean small boat permit, or HMS charter/headboat permit (when on a non for-hire trip).

** Recreational landings (HMS angling permit or HMS charter/headboat permit when on a for-hire trip) and commercial landings by incidental swordfish limited access and incidental HMS squid trawl permit holders count toward the annual incidental quota.

South Atlantic Swordfish

 

2017 Landings

(mt dw)

Percent Baseline Quota Taken

Percent Adjusted Quota Taken

Landings for Same Period
2016
(mt dw)

Directed Fishery
(Annual Quota)
0.0

0.0%

(75.2 mt dw)

0.0%

(75.1 mt dw)

0.0
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July 2017

Posted August 16, 2017

The table below provides preliminary landings estimates and remaining quotas as of July 31, 2017, for the Atlantic swordfish fisheries for the 2017 fishing year. 

North Atlantic Swordfish

   

2017 Landings

(mt dw)

Percent Baseline Quota Taken

Percent  Adjusted Quota Taken

Landings for Same Period
2016
(mt dw)

Directed Fishery* Jan 1 - June 30 439.0 33.3%
(1,318.8 mt dw)
N/A 467.6
  July 1 - Dec 31 39.4 3.0%
(1,318.8 mt dw)
N/A 67.9
Incidental Fishery** Commercial Landings 4.0 5.9%
(300 mt dw)
N/A 7.6
  Recreational Landings 13.7     9.2
Total   496.1 16.9%
(2,937.6 mt dw)
N/A 552.3

* Annual directed quota split equally into two 6 month seasons (baseline: 1,318.8 mt dw per season); contains landings reported by vessels with a directed swordfish limited access permit, handgear swordfish limited access permit, swordfish general commercial permit, HMS commercial Caribbean small boat permit, or HMS charter/headboat permit (when on a non for-hire trip).

** Recreational landings (HMS angling permit or HMS charter/headboat permit when on a for-hire trip) and commercial landings by incidental swordfish limited access and incidental HMS squid trawl permit holders count toward the annual incidental quota.

South Atlantic Swordfish

 

2017 Landings

(mt dw)

Percent Baseline Quota Taken

Percent Adjusted Quota Taken

Landings for Same Period
2016
(mt dw)

Directed Fishery
(Annual Quota)
0.0

0.0%

(75.2 mt dw)

0.0%

(75.1 mt dw)

0.0
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June 2017

Posted July 13, 2017

The table below provides preliminary landings estimates and remaining quotas as of June 30, 2017, for the Atlantic swordfish fisheries for the 2017 fishing year. 

North Atlantic Swordfish

   

2017 Landings

(mt dw)

Percent Baseline Quota Taken

Percent  Adjusted Quota Taken

Landings for Same Period
2016
(mt dw)

Directed Fishery* Jan 1 - June 30 409.5 31.1%
(1,318.8 mt dw)
N/A 462.8
  July 1 - Dec 31 0.0 0.0%
(1,318.8 mt dw)
N/A 0.0
Incidental Fishery** Commercial Landings 2.8 4.5%
(300 mt dw)
N/A 6.6
  Recreational Landings 10.6     6.7
Total   422.9 14.4%
(2,937.6 mt dw)
N/A 476.2

* Annual directed quota split equally into two 6 month seasons (baseline: 1,318.8 mt dw per season); contains landings reported by vessels with a directed swordfish limited access permit, handgear swordfish limited access permit, swordfish general commercial permit, HMS commercial Caribbean small boat permit, or HMS charter/headboat permit (when on a non for-hire trip).

** Recreational landings (HMS angling permit or HMS charter/headboat permit when on a for-hire trip) and commercial landings by incidental swordfish limited access and incidental HMS squid trawl permit holders count toward the annual incidental quota.

South Atlantic Swordfish

 

2017 Landings

(mt dw)

Percent Baseline Quota Taken

Percent Adjusted Quota Taken

Landings for Same Period
2016
(mt dw)

Directed Fishery
(Annual Quota)
0.0

0.0%

(75.2 mt dw)

0.0%

(75.1 mt dw)

0.0
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May 2017

Posted June 23, 2017

The table below provides preliminary landings estimates and remaining quotas as of May 31, 2017, for the Atlantic swordfish fisheries for the 2017 fishing year. 

North Atlantic Swordfish

   

2017 Landings

(mt dw)

Percent Baseline Quota Taken

Percent  Adjusted Quota Taken

Landings for Same Period
2016
(mt dw)

Directed Fishery* Jan 1 - June 30 346.4*** 26.3%
(1,318.8 mt dw)
N/A 410.1
  July 1 - Dec 31 0.0 0.0%
(1,318.8 mt dw)
N/A 0.0
Incidental Fishery** Commercial Landings 2.8 3.5%
(300 mt dw)
N/A 5.7
  Recreational Landings 7.7     5.1
Total   356.9 12.1%
(2,937.6 mt dw)
N/A 420.9

* Annual directed quota split equally into two 6 month seasons (baseline: 1,318.8 mt dw per season); contains landings reported by vessels with a directed swordfish limited access permit, handgear swordfish limited access permit, swordfish general commercial permit, HMS commercial Caribbean small boat permit, or HMS charter/headboat permit (when on a non for-hire trip).

** Recreational landings (HMS angling permit or HMS charter/headboat permit when on a for-hire trip) and commercial landings by incidental swordfish limited access and incidental HMS squid trawl permit holders count toward the annual incidental quota.

*** The landings estimates have been revised due to the discovery and removal of duplicate records. The cause has been rectified.

South Atlantic Swordfish

 

2017 Landings

(mt dw)

Percent Baseline Quota Taken

Percent Adjusted Quota Taken

Landings for Same Period
2016
(mt dw)

Directed Fishery
(Annual Quota)
0.0

0.0%

(75.2 mt dw)

0.0%

(75.1 mt dw)

0.0
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April 2017

Posted May 17, 2017

The table below provides preliminary landings estimates and remaining quotas as of April 30, 2017, for the Atlantic swordfish fisheries for the 2017 fishing year. 

North Atlantic Swordfish

   

2017 Landings

(mt dw)

Percent Baseline Quota Taken

Percent  Adjusted Quota Taken

Landings for Same Period
2016
(mt dw)

Directed Fishery* Jan 1 - June 30 271.2 20.6%
(1,318.8 mt dw)
N/A 268.2
  July 1 - Dec 31

0.0

0.0%
(1,318.8 mt dw)
N/A 0.0
Incidental Fishery** Commercial Landings 2.3 2.2%
(300 mt dw)
N/A 5.5
  Recreational Landings 4.3     3.2
Total   277.8 9.5%
(2,937.6 mt dw)
N/A 276.9

* Annual directed quota split equally into two 6 month seasons (baseline: 1,318.8 mt dw per season); contains landings reported by vessels with a directed swordfish limited access permit, handgear swordfish limited access permit, swordfish general commercial permit, HMS commercial Caribbean small boat permit, or HMS charter/headboat permit (when on a non for-hire trip).

** Recreational landings (HMS angling permit or HMS charter/headboat permit when on a for-hire trip) and commercial landings by incidental swordfish limited access and incidental HMS squid trawl permit holders count toward the annual incidental quota.

South Atlantic Swordfish

 

2017 Landings

(mt dw)

Percent Baseline Quota Taken

Percent Adjusted Quota Taken

Landings for Same Period
2016
(mt dw)

Directed Fishery
(Annual Quota)
0.0

0.0%

(75.2 mt dw)

0.0%

(75.1 mt dw)

0.0
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March 2017

Posted April 10, 2017

The table below provides preliminary landings estimates and remaining quotas as of March 31, 2017, for the Atlantic swordfish fisheries for the 2017 fishing year. 

North Atlantic Swordfish

   

2017 Landings

(mt dw)

Percent Baseline Quota Taken

Percent  Adjusted Quota Taken

Landings for Same Period
2016
(mt dw)

Directed Fishery* Jan 1 - June 30 187.7 14.2%
(1,318.8 mt dw)
N/A 193.9
  July 1 - Dec 31 0.0 0.0%
(1,318.8 mt dw)
N/A 0.0
Incidental Fishery** Commercial Landings 2.1 1.7%
(300 mt dw)
N/A 2.7
  Recreational Landings 3.1     1.3
Total   192.9 6.6%
(2,937.6 mt dw)
N/A 198.0

* Annual directed quota split equally into two 6 month seasons (baseline: 1,318.8 mt dw per season); contains landings reported by vessels with a directed swordfish limited access permit, handgear swordfish limited access permit, swordfish general commercial permit, HMS commercial Caribbean small boat permit, or HMS charter/headboat permit (when on a non for-hire trip).

** Recreational landings (HMS angling permit or HMS charter/headboat permit when on a for-hire trip) and commercial landings by incidental swordfish limited access and incidental HMS squid trawl permit holders count toward the annual incidental quota.

South Atlantic Swordfish

 

2017 Landings

(mt dw)

Percent Baseline Quota Taken

Percent Adjusted Quota Taken

Landings for Same Period
2016
(mt dw)

Directed Fishery
(Annual Quota)
0.0

0.0%

(75.2 mt dw)

0.0%

(75.1 mt dw)

0.0
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February 2017

Posted March 13, 2017

The table below provides preliminary landings estimates and remaining quotas as of February 28, 2017, for the Atlantic swordfish fisheries for the 2017 fishing year. 

North Atlantic Swordfish

   

2017 Landings

(mt dw)

Percent Baseline Quota Taken

Percent  Adjusted Quota Taken

Landings for Same Period
2016
(mt dw)

Directed Fishery* Jan 1 - June 30 130.4 9.93%
(1,318.8 mt dw)
N/A 125.1
  July 1 - Dec 31 0.0 0.0%
(1,318.8 mt dw)
N/A 0.0
Incidental Fishery** Commercial Landings 2.1 1.3%
(300 mt dw)
N/A 2.2
  Recreational Landings 1.9     0.5
Total   134.4 4.6%
(2,937.6 mt dw)
N/A 127.8

* Annual directed quota split equally into two 6 month seasons (baseline: 1,318.8 mt dw per season); contains landings reported by vessels with a directed swordfish limited access permit, handgear swordfish limited access permit, swordfish general commercial permit, HMS commercial Caribbean small boat permit, or HMS charter/headboat permit (when on a non for-hire trip).

** Recreational landings (HMS angling permit or HMS charter/headboat permit when on a for-hire trip) and commercial landings by incidental swordfish limited access and incidental HMS squid trawl permit holders count toward the annual incidental quota.

South Atlantic Swordfish

 

2017 Landings

(mt dw)

Percent Baseline Quota Taken

Percent Adjusted Quota Taken

Landings for Same Period
2016
(mt dw)

Directed Fishery
(Annual Quota)
0.0

0.0%

(75.2 mt dw)

0.0%

(75.1 mt dw)

0.0
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January 2017

Posted February 15, 2017

The table below provides preliminary landings estimates and remaining quotas as of January 31, 2017, for the Atlantic swordfish fisheries for the 2017 fishing year. 

North Atlantic Swordfish

   

2017 Landings

(mt dw)

Percent Baseline Quota Taken

Percent  Adjusted Quota Taken

Landings for Same Period
2016
(mt dw)

Directed Fishery* Jan 1 - June 30 59.3 4.5%
(1,318.8 mt dw)
N/A 71.7
  July 1 - Dec 31 0.0 0.0%
(1,318.8 mt dw)
N/A 0.0
Incidental Fishery** Commercial Landings 1.4 0.9%
(300 mt dw)
N/A 1.6
  Recreational Landings 1.2     0.4
Total   61.8 2.1%
(2,937.6 mt dw)
N/A 73.7

* Annual directed quota split equally into two 6 month seasons (baseline: 1,318.8 mt dw per season); contains landings reported by vessels with a directed swordfish limited access permit, handgear swordfish limited access permit, swordfish general commercial permit, HMS commercial Caribbean small boat permit, or HMS charter/headboat permit (when on a non for-hire trip).

** Recreational landings (HMS angling permit or HMS charter/headboat permit when on a for-hire trip) and commercial landings by incidental swordfish limited access and incidental HMS squid trawl permit holders count toward the annual incidental quota.

South Atlantic Swordfish

 

2017 Landings

(mt dw)

Percent Baseline Quota Taken

Percent Adjusted Quota Taken

Landings for Same Period
2016
(mt dw)

Directed Fishery
(Annual Quota)
0.0

0.0%

(75.2 mt dw)

0.0%

(75.1 mt dw)

0.0

 

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