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NOAA Fisheries Announces Final 2023 Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Specifications

November 18, 2022

Effective January 1, 2023

NOAA Fisheries is setting 2023 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 2023 fishing year, as it has been every year since 2005. There is currently no minimum size for ocean quahogs.

 

This bulletin serves as a Small Entity Compliance Guide, complying with section 212 of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996.