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Fishing quotas increased for butterfish, herring, shad and squid

You can catch more of various species of fish this year in the northeast Atlantic Ocean. The National Marine Fisheries (NMFS) decided to increase the butterfish catch by eight percent and the landings limit by 24 percent for 2014 as compared to 2013. NMFS also decided to raise the Phase 3 trip limit from 500 lb. (0.23 mt,or metric tons) to 600 lb. (0.27 mt) for longfin squid/butterfish moratorium permit holders.

NMFS also set the 2014 cap on river herring (Blueback and alewife) and shad (American and hickory) at at 236-mt. It raised the post-closure possession limit for longfin squid to 15,000 lb (6.80 mt) for FWS wants partners and to buy more land vessels targeting Illex squid. The recreational annual catch limit for mackerel totals 2,443 mt.

The catch limit for river herring and shad totals 236 mt.

NMFS is increasing the Trimester II longfin squid post-closure possession limit for longfin squid/butterfish moratorium permit holders way up from 2,500 lb (1.13 mt) to 15,000 lb (6.80 mt) of longfin squid “for vessels targeting Illex squid if they are fishing seaward of the Illex mesh exemption line and have more than 10,000 lb (4.54 mt) of Illex onboard.” Fishermen have complained that they've had to dump a lot of longfin while fishing for Illex in the last few years.