Northeast Multispecies (Groundfish) Fishing Year 2020 Regulations

July 28, 2020

Effective Date: July 28, 2020

We approved Framework Adjustment 59 to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan and are announcing final quotas for fishing year 2020. These quotas replace those that were in effect at the beginning of the fishing year.  The common pool possession limits announced for May 1, 2020, are not changed by this action. 

More detailed information can be found in the Framework 59 final rule.

Fishing Year 2020 Catch Limits

Framework 59 sets or adjusts the 2020-2022 catch limits for 19 of the 20 groundfish stocks. The U.S./Canada quotas are shown in Table 1. The 2020 annual catch limits (ACL) are listed in Table 2. Sector annual catch entitlements (ACE) are shown in Table 3

Sector and common pool allocations are based on the final fishing year 2020 rosters. After we finalize fishing year 2019 catch information, we will subtract any sector or common pool overages in an adjustment action, if necessary.

Table 1. 2020 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

162

U.S. Quota

188.5 (29%)

16,200 (54%)

120 (74%)

Canadian Quota

461.5 (71%)

13,800 (46%)

42 (26%)

 

Table 2. Fishing Year 2020 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

1,234

1,073

1,041

31

       

19

142

GOM Cod

523

468

267

9

193

     

48

7

GB Haddock

124,969

121,864

119,410

2,454

 

2,447

   

0

658

GOM Haddock

18,580

18,267

11,754

303

6,210

183

   

65

65

GB Yellowtail Flounder

116

95

92

3

   

18.6

2.2

0.0

0.0

SNE/MA Yellowtail Flounder

21

15

12

3

   

2

 

0

4

CC/GOM Yellowtail Flounder

787

688

656

32

       

58

41

American Plaice

3,000

2,937

2,859

78

       

32

32

Witch Flounder

1,414

1,310

1,275

35

       

44

59

GB Winter Flounder

545

522

502

21

       

0

22

GOM Winter Flounder

432

287

272

14

       

139

7

SNE/MA Winter Flounder

699

539

475

63

       

36

124

Redfish

11,351

11,231

11,085

147

       

60

60

White Hake

2,041

2,019

1,995

24

       

11

11

Pollock

26,184

23,989

23,752

236

       

1,098

1,098

N. Windowpane Flounder

55

38

na

38

   

12

 

1

5

S. Windowpane Flounder

412

48

na

48

   

143

 

26

196

Ocean Pout

120

92

na

92

       

1

27

Atlantic Halibut

102

77

na

77

       

21

4

Atlantic Wolffish

84

82

na

82

       

1

1

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.

Table 3. ACE (in 1,000 lb), by stock, for each sector for fishing year 2020#^

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

52

244

4

685

4,469

55

2

0

33

34

34

1

80

14

141

47

1,790

Maine Coast Community Sector

10

45

72

1,121

7,311

2,391

4

1

56

795

280

12

24

22

2,125

588

6,676

Maine Permit Bank

49

231

20

1,331

8,680

807

1

0

39

50

50

10

16

27

657

258

2,879

Mooncusser Sector

1

3

7

16

103

299

0

0

5

75

21

0

3

0

204

74

896

NEFS 2

27

127

163

3,817

24,897

5,974

4

1

381

721

421

37

155

50

3,825

417

7,844

NEFS 4

31

144

68

2,078

13,552

2,359

5

1

97

616

256

8

47

12

1,652

368

3,631

NEFS 5

2

9

0

291

1,900

1

3

7

3

28

16

5

0

143

4

4

22

NEFS 6

13

62

19

1,281

8,354

1,171

7

2

69

297

175

20

32

23

1,687

201

1,940

NEFS 7

12

56

5

838

5,467

482

14

1

19

195

61

91

2

35

637

95

903

NEFS 8

35

163

7

2,766

18,038

193

36

2

99

211

106

275

31

115

226

48

637

NEFS 10

2

10

15

63

412

341

0

0

65

70

59

0

58

7

83

29

404

NEFS 11

2

8

75

12

81

763

0

0

38

110

48

0

13

0

481

200

4,710

NEFS 12

3

12

17

33

218

269

0

0

119

33

16

0

48

3

56

13

410

NEFS 13

49

230

5

7,314

47,707

258

73

8

99

552

267

200

14

186

1,086

99

1,399

New Hampshire Permit Bank

0

0

7

0

0

9

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

5

4

59

Sustainable Harvest Sector 1

9

44

18

810

5,284

1,016

2

0

33

347

112

65

21

9

741

197

1,422

Sustainable Harvest Sector 2

10

48

29

443

2,889

824

7

1

63

219

86

42

27

41

769

265

3,306

Sustainable Harvest Sector 3

97

455

55

12,096

78,895

8,702

46

4

229

1,949

804

340

30

362

10,060

1,491

13,436

Common Pool

12

57

19

719

4,692

668

7

6

70

172

78

46

32

140

324

54

521

 Sector Total

403

1,892

588

34,996

228,257

25,914

203

27

1,447

6,304

2,810

1,106

600

1,048

24,437

4,398

52,365

# 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.

 

 

Last updated by Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office on July 28, 2020