Skip to main content
  1. Sports
  2. Recreation
  3. Outdoor Rec & Adventure

Atlantic butterfish quota reduced, effective immediately

See also

The butterfish trip limit has been reduced, effective immediately, for fishing in the Northeast Atlantic Ocean. The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announced on Tuesday, March 18 that it is changing the upper limit to 5,000 lb (2.27 mt) for longfin squid/butterfish moratorium permit holders.

“Vessels issued a Federal longfin squid/butterfish moratorium permit and using greater than 3-inch (76-mm) mesh may not fish for, catch, possess or land more than 5,000 lb (2.27 mt) of butterfish per trip or calendar day” through the end of 2014,” NMFS announced.

The limit will not change for those using smaller meshes, though.

NMFS explains that it is taking the action to prevent overfishing and not exceeding the permissible limit for domestic annual harvest of 2,570 mt.

NMFS' administrator for the Greater Atlantic Region has determined that 47 percent of the quota has been reached, which triggers the need for the new rule. The administrator based the conclusion on dealer reports and other information.

If need be, NMFS can reduce the take at a later date for those using smaller meshes.

You can read NMFS' announcement at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-03-18/html/2014-05920.htm.

Advertisement

Sports

  • David Price rumors
    Should the bottom-dwelling Tampa Bay Rays trade or keep pitching ace David Price?
    Video
    MLB Rumors
  • Maria Kirilenko slideshow
    Feast your eyes on the former fiance of Alex Ovechkin: The newly-single Maria Kirilenko
    Camera
    20 Photos
  • Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen has Alzheimer's disease, will step down
    NFL News
  • Sam responds to Dungy
    Michael Sam has the perfect response to Tony Dungy's controversial comments
    NFL News
  • Bella wardrobe malfunction
    Sexy diva Nikki Bella suffers wardrobe malfunction during WWE show
    Fight Sports
  • LeBron gives cupcakes
    LeBron James sends cupcakes to neighbors after press overtakes neighborhood
    Food & Drink

Related Videos:

  • Administration opposes opening recreation areas during federal shutdowns
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518068859" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=1304&width=480&height=401&playList=518068859&autoStart=true"></div>
  • 2015 funding bill reported for BLM, NPS and FWS
    <div class="video-info" data-id="259883634" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=1304&width=480&height=401&playList=259883634&autoStart=true"></div>
  • House approves monument to President John Adams
    <div class="video-info" data-id="304219273" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=1304&width=480&height=401&playList=304219273&autoStart=true"></div>