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2019-2021 Spiny Dogfish Fishery Specifications

May 13, 2019

Final 2019 and projected 2020-2021 specifications for the spiny dogfish fishery.

NOAA Fisheries announces final 2019 and projected 2020-2021 specifications for the spiny dogfish fishery (Table 1).

Table 1. Summary of Final 2019-2021 Spiny Dogfish Specifications, in metric tons.

  2019 2020 2021
Overfishing Limit 21,549 N/A N/A
Acceptable Biological Catch 12,914 14,126 16,043
Annual Catch Limit = Annual Catch Target 12,865 14,077 15,994
Total Allowable Landings 9,390 10,602 12,519
Commercial Quota 9,309 10,521 12,438
Percent Change in Quota from Previous Year -46 +13 +18


All other management measures, including the 6,000-lb federal trip limit, remain unchanged. Changes to the trip limit may be pursued in a future, separate rulemaking action. When state and Federal trip limits differ, the more restrictive measures apply to all vessels with a Federal permit. The Councils will review the catch limits for fishing years 2020 and 2021, and we will provide notice of the final quotas prior to each fishing year.


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