Closure of the Directed Federal Illex Squid Fishery

NOAA Fisheries is announcing the closure of the Directed Federal Illex Squid Fishery. Illex squid landings are limited to 10,000 lb per day. Effective August 21, 2019, through December 31, 2019.

Based on recent landings data, effective at 00:01 hours on August 21, the directed federal Illex squid fishery is closed for the remainder of the fishing year through December 31, 2019. Permit holders are prohibited from fishing for, catching, possessing, transferring, or landing more than 10,000 lb of Illex squid per trip Vessels can land Illex squid only once per calendar day. This prohibition is required by regulation because we project that 95 percent of the 2019 annual catch limit (quota) will have been caught by the effective date. This fishery will reopen at the beginning of the 2020 fishing year, at 00:01 hours, January 1, 2020. 

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