2018-2020 Commercial Whiting Fishery Specifications

NOAA Fisheries announces final 2018 and projected 2019-2020 specifications for the small-mesh multispecies (whiting) fishery.

NOAA Fisheries announces final 2018 and projected 2019-2020 specifications for the small-mesh multispecies (whiting) fishery.

Small-Mesh Multispecies Specifications for 2018-2020 Fishing Years in Metric Tons
Stock Overfishing Limit Acceptable Biological Catch Annual Catch Limit Total Allowable Landings
Northern silver hake 58,350 31,030 29,475 26,604
Northern red hake 840 721 685 274
Southern whiting 31,180 19,395 18,425 14,465
Southern red hake 1,150 1,060 1,007 305

*Southern whiting includes southern silver hake and offshore hake

All other management measures in the small-mesh multispecies fishery (such as possession limits) remain unchanged. These catch limits and quotas for the 2018 fishing year are effective on June 14, 2018.

These specifications are predicted to be unchanged for fishing years 2019 and 2020, and are provided early for planning purposes. The New England Fishery Management Council will review the catch limits for these years, and we will provide notice of the final 2019 and 2020 quotas prior to the start of each fishing year.

For more information, contact the Sustainable Fisheries Division at (978) 281-9315.

 

Last updated by Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office on June 20, 2018