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Northeast Multispecies (Groundfish) Fishing Year 2021 Catch Limits, Allocations to Sectors, and a New Universal Sector Exemption

July 27, 2021 - 8:45 am

We approved Framework Adjustment 61 to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan and are announcing final quotas for fishing year 2021. This action also approves and implements a new universal sector exemption for Acadian redfish.

Fishing Year 2021 Catch Limits 

Framework 61 sets annual catch limits for 17 of the 20 groundfish stocks. Quotas for the U.S./Canada area are shown in Table 1. The 2021 catch limits are listed in Table 2. Sector annual catch entitlements (ACE) are shown in Table 3.  These quotas replace those that were in effect at the beginning of the fishing year. 

Sector and common pool quotas are based on the final fishing year 2021 rosters. The common pool possession limits announced for May 1, 2021, are not changed by this action. After we finalize fishing year 2020 catch information, we will subtract any sector or common pool overages in a separate action, if necessary.

Table 1.  2021 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

635

14,100

125

U.S. Quota

190.5 (30%)

6,486 (46%)

80 (64%)

Canadian Quota

444.5 (70%)

7,614 (54%)

45 (36%)

 

Table 2.  Fishing Year 2021 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

1,250

1,093

1,045

48

-

-

-

-

20

137

GOM Cod

523

463

262

8.2

193

-

-

-

48

12

GB Haddock

78,574

76,622

74,096

2,526

- 

1,539

-

-

0

414

GOM Haddock

15,843

15,575

10,023

258

5,295

156

-

-

56

56

GB Yellowtail Flounder

78

64

59

5.1

-

-

12

1.5

0.0

0.0

SNE/MA Yellowtail Flounder

21

16

12

3.6

-

-

2.0

-

0.2

3.3

CC/GOM Yellowtail Flounder

787

692

651

41

-

-

-

-

58

37

American Plaice

2,740

2,682

2,592

90

-

-

-

-

29

29

Witch Flounder

1,414

1,317

1,273

44

-

-

-

-

44

52

GB Winter Flounder

591

563

517

47

-

-

-

-

0

27

GOM Winter Flounder

482

281

267

14

-

-

-

-

194

7.5

SNE/MA Winter Flounder

441

288

247

41

-

-

-

-

21

132

Redfish

9,677

9,677

9,537

139

-

-

-

-

0

0

White Hake

2,041

2,019

1,994

25

-

-

-

-

11

11

Pollock

21,086

18,549

18,355

193

-

-

-

-

1,434

1,103

N. Windowpane Flounder

150

108

na

108

-

-

31

-

0.8

10

S. Windowpane Flounder

371

43

na

43

-

-

129

-

23

177

Ocean Pout

83

50

na

50

-

-

-

-

0

33

Atlantic Halibut

97

73

na

73

-

-

-

-

20

3.5

Atlantic Wolffish

86

86

na

86

-

-

-

-

0

0

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 2021#^

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

54

257

4

281

3,035

41

0

0

26

30

32

0

50

7

122

48

1,395

Maine Coast Community Sector

10

49

85

489

5,284

2,516

4

1

76

822

323

15

34

13

2,074

637

5,501

Maine Permit Bank

1

3

7

6

69

255

0

0

5

69

21

0

3

0

175

74

693

Mooncusser Sector

50

238

37

548

5,923

836

2

0

46

51

53

12

18

16

1,012

475

4,305

NEFS 2

27

129

159

1,528

16,524

5,040

3

1

382

662

425

40

152

27

3,242

400

5,945

NEFS 4

31

147

66

832

8,995

2,012

3

1

97

563

257

9

46

6

1,424

368

2,807

NEFS 5

2

9

2

83

898

26

1

6

14

27

19

4

5

72

4

4

16

NEFS 6

13

62

17

513

5,545

997

5

2

64

269

174

21

29

12

1,453

201

1,499

NEFS 7

2

9

0

57

614

4

2

0

1

15

7

4

0

1

34

4

74

NEFS 8

41

194

14

1,315

14,217

1,153

31

3

105

450

185

369

24

65

1,134

200

1,637

NEFS 10

2

10

15

25

273

291

0

0

65

64

59

0

56

4

71

29

312

NEFS 11

2

8

69

5

54

632

0

0

37

94

47

0

13

0

401

192

3,587

NEFS 12

3

13

19

13

145

247

0

0

131

47

18

0

82

2

49

13

318

NEFS 13

53

252

5

3,053

33,015

222

51

8

107

517

281

241

14

112

946

101

1,107

New Hampshire Permit Bank

0

0

7

0

0

7

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

4

4

46

Sustainable Harvest Sector 1

23

111

18

1,080

11,681

2,047

4

0

43

672

270

97

16

19

1,761

565

2,643

Sustainable Harvest Sector 2

15

73

10

258

2,795

339

7

2

87

171

71

108

26

53

242

85

523

Sustainable Harvest Sector 3

71

338

44

3,741

40,458

5,434

16

2

147

1,190

564

219

19

138

6,879

999

8,059

Common Pool

18

87

18

471

5,097

569

11

8

91

199

97

103

31

90

307

55

426

 Sector Total

402

1,903

578

13,828

149,527

22,097

129

26

1,434

5,714

2,807

1,139

589

545

21,026

4,396

40,467

# 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.

Universal Sector Exemption for Acadian Redfish

Framework 61 implements a new universal sector exemption that allows sector vessels to target redfish within a defined area (see below) using a 5.5-inch mesh codend. The universal sector exemption replaces the previously approved sector exemption for redfish, which is being eliminated to prevent conflict and confusion between two similar exemptions. The approved universal exemption includes two seasonal closure areas in the redfish exemption area, an annual redfish catch threshold and monthly catch and discard thresholds each sector must meet, and provisions that require sectors to be placed in probationary status and/or have their vessels prohibited from using the universal exemption if the sector falls below catch thresholds or exceed discard thresholds. Participants must comply with all reporting and monitoring requirements of the universal exemption. Requirements of the program and conditions for participation will be detailed in each sector’s operations plan and sector vessel letters of authorization.

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Map of the New Redfish Exemption Area for the Universal Sector Redfish Exemption.
New Redfish Exemption Area

More Information:

More detailed information can be found in the Framework 61 Final Rule

Northeast Multispecies Management Plan

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Last updated by Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office on July 27, 2021