NOAA Fisheries announces 2023 specifications for the Atlantic spiny dogfish fishery (see below), as recommended by both the New England and Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Councils. These specifications decrease the coastwide commercial quota by 59 percent from fishing year 2022 in response to declining trends in stock biomass and productivity.
|Million pounds||Metric tons|
|Acceptable Biological Catch||17.17||7,788|
|Annual Catch Limit = Annual Catch Target||17.09||7,751|
|Total Allowable Landings||12.48||5,663|
All other management measures and requirements, including the 7,500-lb federal trip limit, remain unchanged. As always, when state and federal trip limits differ, the more restrictive measures apply to all vessels with a federal permit