2019 Squid and Butterfish Specifications

August 01, 2019

Approved squid and butterfish specifications for the remainder of the 2019 fishing year.

We have approved squid and butterfish specifications for the remainder of the 2019 fishing year, including a 2,000-metric ton (mt) increase in the Illex squid acceptable biological catch. 

A full summary of information about squid and butterfish fishery regulations is available. 

2019 Specifications

Butterfish

Illex Squid

Longfin Squid

lb

mt

lb

mt

lb

mt

Allowable Biological Catch (ABC)

59,762,910

27,108

57,320,188

26,000

51,588,169

23,400

Annual Catch Limit (ACL)

59,762,910

27,108

N/A

N/A

Commercial Annual Catch Target (ACT)

55,280,912

25,075

N/A

N/A

Domestic Annual Harvest (DAH, or commercial quota)

44,226,934

20,061

54,729,757

24,825

50,556,406

22,932

Butterfish mortality cap in longfin squid fishery

8,562,754

3,884

N/A

N/A

 

The 2019 longfin squid domestic annual harvest (DAH) is allocated into trimesters as follows:

Trimester

Percent

lb

mt

I (January – April)

43

21,739,784

9,861

II (May – August)

17

8,593,619

3,898

III (September –December)

40

20,223,003

9,173

 

The 2019 butterfish mortality cap for the longfin squid fishery is allocated into trimesters as follows:

Trimester

Percent

lb

mt

I (January – April)

43

21,739,784

1,670

II (May – August)

17

8,593,619

660

III (September –December)

40

20,223,003

1,554

 

Last updated by Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office on August 01, 2019