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2018 Specifications for the Monkfish Fishery

May 02, 2018

Effective Date: June 4, 2018

We are implementing the previously approved 2018 specifications for the monkfish fishery. This action sets quotas for fishing year 2018 (May 1, 2018, through April 30, 2019). The 2018 specifications are part of a multi-year approach that must be formally implemented each year.  Measures (Table 1) include total allowable landings (TAL) in both the Northern and Southern Fishery Management Areas, day-at-sea (DAS) limits, and trip limits. These measures are the same as measures implemented in 2017.

Table 1. Monkfish Specifications for Fishing Year 2018

Management Area


DAS Maximum

Incidental Limit on a Groundfish DAS

Possession limit when on a Monkfish DAS

Northern Area



Category C:  900lb tail weight per DAS

Category D:  750lb tail weight per DAS


Southern Area




Category A/C:  700 lb tail weight per DAS

Category B/D:  575 lb tail weight per DAS


All other requirements remain the same and are summarized  on our Monkfish page

We will provide a similar notice when the 2019 specifications are implemented prior to the May 1, 2019, start to the monkfish fishing year.

For small entity compliance guides, this bulletin complies with section 212 of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement and Fairness Act of 1996.  This notice is authorized by the Regional Administrator of the National Marine Fisheries Service, Greater Atlantic Region.

Last updated by Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office on May 02, 2018