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NOAA Fisheries Announces Final 2024 Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Specifications

October 24, 2023

Effective January 1, 2024

NOAA Fisheries is setting 2024 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 2024 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.