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2021-2026 Specifications for the Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Fisheries

May 12, 2021

Effective June 14, 2021

NOAA Fisheries is finalizing management measures for 2021-2026 for the Atlantic surfclam and ocean quahog fisheries.

NOAA Fisheries is setting 2021 and projecting 2022-2026 commercial harvest quotas for Atlantic surfclams and ocean quahogs. The final quotas, which have remained unchanged since 2004, are:

  • Atlantic surfclams: 3.4 million bushels 
  • Ocean quahogs: 5.36 million bushels 
  • Maine ocean quahogs: 100,000 Maine bushels

In addition, the Atlantic surfclam minimum size limit will be suspended for the 2021 fishing year, as it has been every year since 2005. There is currently no minimum size for ocean quahogs.


Last updated by Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office on April 11, 2022