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Quotas for squid and butterfish on committee docket

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The Scientific and Statistical Committee of the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council has scheduled two days of meetings in May. The committee will discuss recommendations for the future several species. The council announced the meeting in the Federal Register of Friday, April 18.

The committee will meet on Wednesday and Thursday, May 7-8, 2014. The event will start at 9 a.m. on May 7 and end by 2 p.m. on May 8. The event takes place at the Admiral Fell Inn, 888 Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21231, (410) 522-7377.

The council will discuss varies matters, including recommendations for the next three years (2015-17) for butterfish and Illex and long-finned squid. The agenda also include a review of recommendations and the research plan for Atlantic mackerel. And the committee plans to review the fishery performance reports for surfclams and ocean quahogs.

Also on the docket is a discussion of guidelines for the “ecosystem approach to fishery management” and developing research plans. The committee may discuss other matters. But it will not take formal action on any matters not listed in the official agenda.

The public is welcome to attend the meeting. Anyone who needs sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should contact M. Jan Saunders at (302) 526-5251, at least 5 days in advance. For more info, contact council Executive Director Christopher Moore, 800 N. State St., Suite 201, Dover, DE 19901,(302) 526-5255.

The planned acceptable biological catch for 2015 for Atlantic mackerel stands at 80,000 metric tons. The council acknowledges that it doesn’t know the stock size of Illex squid. But the staff has recommended a catch limit of 24,000 metric tons per year. Staff also recommended retaining the same 23,400 metric ton limit for longfin squid as was done in the last three years. The recommendation for butterfish is 28,309 metric tons per year. Staff has figured that the butterfish population is sustaining itself.

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