NOAA Fisheries announces that the butterfish trip limit for longfin squid/butterfish moratorium permit holders will be reduced to no more than 5,000 lb, effective 0001 hours, March 18, 2014. Vessels issued a Federal longfin squid/butterfish moratorium permit and using greater than 3-inch mesh may not fish for, catch, possess or land more than 5,000 lb of butterfish per trip or calendar day for the remainder of the year (through December 31, 2014). Federally permitted dealers also may not purchase more than 5,000 lb of butterfish from federally permitted vessels per trip or per day, through December 31, 2014.

For more info, go to http://www.nero.noaa.gov/nr/2014/March/msb14butterfishphase1to2phl.pdf

March 14, 2014 | Registered CommenterSquid Trawl Network