NOAA Fisheries Announces Illex Squid Directed Fishery Closure

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August 15, 2018

Illex Squid Directed Fishery Closes August 15

Illex squid

Effective at noon on August 15, 2018, vessels are prohibited from fishing for or landing more than 10,000 lb of Illex squid per trip per calendar day in or from federal waters through December 31, 2018. Landings information analyzed by NOAA Fisheries projects the Illex squid fishery will meet 95 percent of the annual quota for the 2018 fishing year by August 15, 2018. NOAA Fisheries is closing the directed fishery in federal waters through the end of the fishing year, December 31, 2018.

If you have started a trip prior to August 15, 2018, you may offload and sell more than 10,000 lb of Illex squid from that trip, as long as the vessel entered port before 1200 hr on August 15, 2018.

For more information, please read the notice as filed in the Federal Register this morning, and the permit holder bulletin posted on our website.

Questions? Contact Alyson Pitts, Regional Office, at 978-281-9352