Northeast Multispecies (Groundfish) Fishing Year 2019 Commercial Regulations

July 18, 2019

We have changed commercial groundfish quotas for seven stocks for the 2019 fishing year.

We approved Framework Adjustment 58 to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan and are announcing final quotas for fishing year 2019. 

The groundfish possession limits announced for May 1, 2019, are not changed by this action. 

These quotas are effective on July 18, 2019. 

We also changed the annual days-at-sea leasing deadline to April 30, implemented new rebuilding plans for five stocks, and revised an accountability measure for the scallop fishery. These measures are not included in this bulletin, but you can find more information about these in the final rule.

Fishing Year 2019 Catch Limits 

Framework 58 changes the 2019 commercial groundfish quotas for seven stocks compared to the 2019 quotas previously set by Framework 57 in 2018. Additionally, we adjusted the Gulf of Maine cod quota to pay back an overage from 2017. Fishing year 2019 quotas for all other groundfish stocks are not being changed by this action. 

  • Commercial groundfish quotas are increasing for three stocks:  Georges Bank haddock (+19%), witch flounder (+1%), and Georges Bank winter flounder (+6%). 
  • Commercial groundfish quotas are decreasing for four stocks:  Georges Bank cod (‑20%), Georges Bank yellowtail flounder (-64%), Gulf of Maine winter flounder (-1%), and Atlantic halibut (-3%). 

The 2019 annual catch limits (ACL) are listed in Table 1. Sector annual catch entitlements (ACE) are shown in Table 2. The U.S./Canada quotas are shown in Table 3.

Sector and common pool allocations are based on the final fishing year 2019 rosters and have been adjusted to pay back the Gulf of Maine cod overage (Tables 4, 5, and 6). This information is the same as the information provided in potential sector contribution letters dated February 6, 2019. After we finalize fishing year 2018 catch information, we will subtract any sector or common pool overages from the 2019 catch limits in a future management action.    

Table 1. Fishing Year 2019 Catch Limits (mt, live weight)

Stock

Total ACL

Groundfish sub-ACL

Final Sector sub-ACL

Final Common Pool sub-ACL

Recreational sub-ACL

Midwater Trawl Fishery

Scallop Fishery

Small-Mesh Fisheries

State Waters sub- component

Other sub-component

 

A to H

A+B+C

A

B

C

D

E

F

G

H

GB Cod*

1,741

1,568

1,514

54

 

 

 

 

18

155

GOM Cod

637

581

350

11

220

 

 

 

47

9

GB Haddock*

55,249

53,276

52,432

844

 

811

 

 

581

581

GOM Haddock

11,803

11,506

8,216

96

3,194

116

 

 

91

91

GB Yellowtail Flounder*

103

85

82

2

 

 

17

2

0

0

SNE/MA Yellowtail Flounder

66

32

26

6

 

 

15

 

2

17

CC/GOM Yellowtail Flounder

490

398

377

21

 

 

 

 

51

41

American Plaice

1,532

1,467

1,436

31

 

 

 

 

32

32

Witch Flounder*

948

854

831

23

 

 

 

 

40

55

GB Winter Flounder*

786

774

742

32

 

 

 

 

0

12

GOM Winter Flounder*

428

355

337

18

 

 

 

 

67

7

SNE/MA Winter Flounder

700

518

444

74

 

 

 

 

73

109

Redfish

11,208

10,972

10,915

57

 

 

 

 

118

118

White Hake

2,794

2,735

2,714

21

 

 

 

 

29

29

Pollock

38,204

37,400

37,152

248

 

 

 

 

402

402

N. Windowpane Flounder

86

63

na

63

 

 

18

 

2

3

S. Windowpane Flounder

457

53

na

53

 

 

158

 

28

218

Ocean Pout

120

94

na

94

 

 

 

 

3

23

Atlantic Halibut*

100

75

na

75

 

 

 

 

21

4

Atlantic Wolffish

84

82

na

82

 

 

 

 

1

1

KEY: na: not allocated to sectors. ACL = annual catch limit, GB = Georges Bank, GOM = Gulf of Maine, SNE/MA = Southern New England/Mid-Atlantic, CC/GOM = Cape Cod/Gulf of Maine, N = northern, S = southern.

*These stocks have changes from the 2019 allocations previously approved in Framework 57.

Table 2. ACE (in 1,000 lb), by stock, for each sector for fishing year 2019#^

Sector Name

 GB Cod East

 GB Cod West

 GOM Cod

 GB Haddock East 

 GB Haddock West

 GOM Haddock

 GB Yellowtail Flounder

 SNE/MA Yellowtail Flounder

 CC/GOM Yellowtail Flounder

 Plaice

 Witch Flounder

 GB Winter Flounder

 GOM Winter Flounder

 SNE/MA Winter Flounder

 Redfish

 White Hake

 Pollock

Fixed Gear Sector

69

500

6

815

2,079

39

2

1

 19

22

24

1

99

15

+158

69

3,160

Maine Coast Community Sector

10

71

91

1,038

2,648

1,628

3

1

30

398

181

17

27

21

 2,091

798

10,407

Maine Permit Bank

1

4

9

15

37

206

0

0

3

38

14

0

3

0

199

100

1,398

Mooncusser Sector

51

372

27

1,351

3,447

556

0

0

21

21

31

0

19

17

652

351

4,478

NEFS 2

27

199

217

3,544

9,042

4,278

4

1

224

367

280

55

198

49

3,770

572

12,336

NEFS 4

17

126

87

1,767

4,508

1,614

4

2

54

304

164

12

55

10

1,605

497

5,413

NEFS 5

2

15

0

270

688

1

2

14

2

14

11

7

0

137

4

6

35

NEFS 6

13

93

24

1,108

2,828

773

5

3

32

142

107

26

35

20

1,646

272

3,013

NEFS 7

50

362

24

3,488

8,901

1,356

45

6

86

303

172

511

22

            167

2,190

383

5,190

NEFS 8

32

236

9

2,439

6,222

124

27

6

50

96

67

370

36

118

209

63

965

NEFS 10

2

16

20

58

149

235

0

0

38

35

39

0

71

7

81

40

629

NEFS 11

2

12

98

12

29

526

0

0

22

55

31

0

17

0

470

271

7,343

NEFS 12

3

19

23

31

79

186

0

0

69

16

11

0

59

2

55

17

639

NEFS 13

49

354

6

6,739

17,196

173

65

16

54

274

163

295

15

174

1,043

129

2,166

New Hampshire Permit Bank

0

0

9

0

0

6

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

5

5

92

Sustainable Harvest Sector 1

9

69

25

651

1,662

665

2

0

29

142

63

97

35

9

698

255

2,638

Sustainable Harvest Sector 2

4

30

38

321

820

576

 5

2

24

138

64

11

24

23

825

381

4,842

Sustainable Harvest Sector 3

63

458

58

8,899

22,709

5,171

18

4

76

800

410

233

26

208

8,363

1,775

17,162

Common Pool

14

104

25

524

1,337

       212

5

14

47

69

51

70

40

163

126

47

547

Sector Total

402

2,936

771

32,545

83,047

   18,112

181

57

830

3,166

   1,831

   1,636

742

979

24,063

5,984

81,906

# Numbers are rounded to the nearest thousand pounds. In some cases, this table shows an allocation of 0, but that sector may be allocated a small amount of that stock in tens or hundreds pounds.

^ The data in the table represent the total allocations to each sector.

Table 3. 2019 Fishing Year U.S./Canada Quotas (mt, live weight) and Percent of Quota Allocated to Each Country

Quota

Eastern GB Cod

Eastern GB Haddock

GB Yellowtail Flounder

Total Shared Quota

650

30,000

140

U.S. Quota

189 (29%)

15,000 (50%)

106 (76%)

Canadian Quota

461 (71%)

15,000 (50%)

34 (24%)

 

Gulf of Maine Cod Overage and Payback

In fishing year 2017, Gulf of Maine cod catch exceeded the total ACL (Table 4). The commercial groundfish fishery did not exceeds its quota, but must pay back a portion of the overage by other segments of the fishery. Table 5 shows the proportion (as a percentage) of the unallocated overage attributed to each component of the fishery, the amount (mt) of the unallocated overage attributed to each sub-component, the amount (mt) of any underage of each component’s sub-ACL, and amount (mt) that must be paid back by each component. Table 6 shows revised fishing year 2019 GOM cod allocations incorporating these payback amounts. These revised allocations were incorporated in the quotas set for 2019 in the tables above.

Table 4. 2017 ABC, ACL, Catch, and Overage (mt, live weight)

Stock

U.S. ABC

 Total ACL

 Catch

 Total Overage

Unallocated Overage

Gulf of Maine Cod

500

473

612.6

139.6

61.4

 

Table 5. 2017 Payback Calculations and Amounts (mt, live weight)

Component

Proportion of Overage (%)

Overage Amount

Catch Amount Below sub-ACL (Underage)

Payback (Overage Minus Underage)

Sectors

64

39.4

10.5

28.8

Common Pool

2

1.3

0.9

0.4

Recreational

34

20.7

0

*

*The recreational fishery does not have pound-for-pound payback.

Table 6. Revised 2019 Allocations (mt, live weight)

Stock

Total ACL

Groundfish sub-ACL

Initial Sector sub-ACL

Revised Sector sub-ACL

Initial Common Pool sub-ACL

Revised Common Pool sub-ACL

Gulf of Maine Cod

666

610

378.40

349.56

11.25

10.85

 

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