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Northeast Multispecies (Groundfish) Fishing Year 2024 Catch Limits, Allocations to Sectors

May 01, 2024 - 8:45 am

NOAA Fisheries approved Framework Adjustment 66 to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan and is announcing final quotas for fishing year 2024. This final action is effective on May 2, 2024.

Fishing Year 2024 Catch Limits 

Framework 66 sets annual catch limits for 8 of the 20 groundfish stocks. Quotas for the U.S./Canada area are shown in Table 1. The 2024 catch limits are listed in Table 2.

Based on the preliminary at-sea monitoring coverage target of 100 percent, the management uncertainty buffer has been removed from the sector sub-annual catch limits for all allocated stocks. Sector annual catch entitlements (ACE) are shown in Table 3. These quotas replace those that were put in place by the April 5, 2024, final rule that made initial allocations to sectors and set default specifications for several stocks.

Sector and common pool quotas are based on the preliminary fishing year 2024 rosters. If changes to the sector rosters occur, updated catch limits will be announced as soon as possible in the 2024 fishing year to reflect the final sector rosters as of May 1, 2024. NOAA Fisheries will subtract any sector or common pool overages in a separate action, if necessary, after finalizing fishing year 2023 catch information.

Table 1.  2024 Fishing Year U.S./Canada Quotas (mt, live weight) and Percent of Quota Allocated to Each Country

QuotaEastern GB CodEastern GB HaddockGB Yellowtail Flounder 
Total Shared Quota52010,000168 
U.S. Quota151
(29 percent)
(31 percent) 
(42 percent)
Canadian Quota369 
(71 percent)
(69 percent)
(58 percent)


StockTotal ACLGroundfish sub-ACLFinal Sector sub-ACLFinal Common Pool sub-ACLRecreational sub-ACLMidwater Trawl FisheryScallop FisherySmall-Mesh FisheriesState Waters sub- componentOther sub-component
GB Cod53440639511    4386
GOM Cod53648828610192   480
GB Haddock7,0406,9096,756153 131  00
GOM Haddock 2,3462,2681,4793175922  488.0
GB Yellowtail Flounder7058553.3  11.01.300
SNE/MA Yellowtail Flounder4035277.6  2.7 0.22.0
CC/GOM Yellowtail Flounder99092188139    3040
American Plaice5,5135,4575,315142    2828
Witch Flounder1,2541,2041,16341    1931
GB Winter Flounder1,5481,5321,48844    016
GOM Winter Flounder80063555679    15312.1
SNE/MA Winter Flounder62446140853    19144
Redfish8,3038,3038,22677    00
White Hake1,9331,9231,90518    010
Pollock13,93412,81812,696122    627488
N. Windowpane Flounder12794na94  27 0.06.8
S. Windowpane Flounder20530na30  71 6.498
Ocean Pout8349na49    034
Atlantic Halibut7558na58    161.2
Atlantic Wolffish8787na87    00

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 2024#^

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 Sector3560511914662037833876291010142762
Maine Coast Community Sector712103224276404221271,87632727111231,6835863,582
Maine Permit Bank01834370071411906015170480
Mooncusser Sector4068412633241232162104483240258704532,979
NEFS 232531779861,214842555681,888553151393584,0255665,128
NEFS 4294973414510295321311,13723524105111,2263512,055
NEFS 523231384112193512712982319
NEFS 623138475001106133102042290
NEFS 8107181422,7133,34063352143762,5675471,923914084,8268145,298
NEFS 101212810360066542509963225
NEFS 111274239100471834102803421702,480
NEFS 12242411134400189187480173310038394
NEFS 13376241,1221,3812944181499162056472916733157384
New Hampshire Permit Bank008001000300104332
Sustainable Harvest Sector 122374658071456084981,99035736957573,3818583,337
Sustainable Harvest Sector 261011161198140115233974214326878146915
Sustainable Harvest Sector 300100800161092208861932
Common Pool1015221591786771787314909717411717040269
 Sector Total 3235476306,6758,2193,260120601,94311,7182,5643,2811,22689918,1354,20127,990

# 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.

Other Measures

Framework 66 modifies the catch threshold for implementing the Atlantic halibut accountability measures. In the situation where the Atlantic halibut annual catch limit is exceeded by more than the management uncertainty buffer, NOAA Fisheries would take into account the landings from the Canadian fishery for the last calendar year and determine whether, when combined with the landings by U.S. fisheries (Federal and state), the total acceptable biological catch had been exceeded as well. Framework 66 does not make any changes to the accountability measures themselves, which are a combination of a zero-possession limit and gear-area restrictions.

Framework 66 temporarily modifies the catch threshold for implementing the scallop fishery’s accountability measures for GB yellowtail flounder for the 2024 and 2025 fishing years, so that the accountability measures for GB yellowtail flounder would only be implemented if scallop fishery catch exceeds its sub-annual catch limit by any amount and the total accountability measures is also exceeded. Unless this modification is extended in a future action, the underlying policy for implementing the scallop fishery’s accountability measures for GB cod would be in effect for catches in fishing year 2026 and beyond. 

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