Closure of the Directed Federal Illex Squid Fishery

August 16, 2019

We are announcing the closure of the Directed Federal Illex Squid Fishery. Illex squid landings are limited to 10,000 lb per day. Effective August 21, 2019, through December 31, 2019.

Based on recent landings data, effective at 00:01 hours on August 21, the directed federal Illex squid fishery is closed for the remainder of the fishing year through December 31, 2019. Permit holders are prohibited from fishing for, catching, possessing, transferring, or landing more than 10,000 lb of Illex squid per trip Vessels can land Illex squid only once per calendar day. This prohibition is required by regulation because we project that 95 percent of the 2019 annual catch limit (quota) will have been caught by the effective date. This fishery will reopen at the beginning of the 2020 fishing year, at 00:01 hours, January 1, 2020. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is this action being taken?

To avoid quota overages, we are required to close the Illex directed squid fishery when 95 percent of the quota is caught.

How much of the quota has been caught?

As of August 16, 95 percent of the quota for Illex squid has been caught.  Quota monitoring reports are updated on the internet.

What if I was fishing for Illex squid on the closure date?

Vessels that have entered port before 00:01 hr on August 21, may offload and sell more than 10,000 lb of Illex squid from that trip.

I am a dealer, how does this closure affect me?

Federally permitted dealers may not purchase Illex squid from federally permitted Illex squid vessels that harvest more than 10,000 lb of Illex squid through 24:00 hr local time, December 31, 2019, unless it is from a trip on which the vessel entered port before 00:01 hr on August 21.

 

Last updated by Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office on September 18, 2019