2020 Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Specifications

February 26, 2020

NOAA Fisheries has approved updated Atlantic mackerel, squid, and butterfish specifications for the 2020 fishing year.

2020 Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Specifications

Effective Date:  February 27 , 2020

NOAA Fisheries has approved updated Atlantic mackerel, squid, and butterfish specifications for the 2020 fishing year. 

A full summary of information about the Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fishery Management Plan is available.

2020 Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Specifications (mt)

Specifications

Mackerel

Butterfish

Illex

Longfin

Allowable Biological Catch

29,184

32,063

26,000

23,400

Annual Catch Limit

17,914

32,063

N/A

N/A

Commercial Annual Catch Target (ACT)

17,377

28,857

N/A

N/A

Recreational ACT/Recreational Harvest Limit

1,270

N/A

N/A

N/A

Domestic Annual Harvest (DAH, or annual quota)

17,312

22,752

24,825  

22,932

Tier 3 Mackerel Allocation (7% of DAH)

1,212

N/A

N/A

N/A

Butterfish Mortality Cap in longfin squid fishery

3,884

 

River herring/shad catch cap in the mackerel fishery

129

 

 

 

The longfin squid DAH is allocated into trimesters as follows:

Trimester

Percent

mt

I (Jan-Apr)

43

9,861

II (May-Aug)

17

3,898

III (Sep-Dec)

40

9,173

Last updated by Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office on June 16, 2020