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Atlantic Swordfish Landings Update Through November 30, 2014

Atlantic Swordfish Landings Update: Commercial and Recreational

January 1 - November 30, 2014 (posted December 11, 2014)

The table below provides preliminary landings estimates and remaining quotas as of November 30, 2014, for the Atlantic swordfish fisheries for the 2014 fishing year. We estimate landings using commercial dealer reports and reports by anglers in the HMS Non-Tournament Recreational Swordfish and Billfish Landings Database and the Recreational Billfish Survey. Please note that these estimates are subject to late reporting and do not include discards. The table below provides both the baseline and adjusted 2014 quotas. Totals are reported in metric tons (mt) dressed weight (dw); 1 mt is equal to 2,204.6 pounds.

North Atlantic Swordfish

    2014 Landings (mt dw) Percent of 2014 Baseline Quota Taken (2014 Baseline Quota) Percent of 2014 Adjusted Quota Taken (2014 Adjusted Quota)3 2013 Landings During the Same Time Period
(mt dw)
Directed Fishery1 January 1 - June 30 611.7

46.4%
(1,318.8 mt dw)

37.0%
(1,651.6 mt dw)

1,032.7
July 1 - December 31 453.3 34.4%
(1,318.8 mt dw)

27.4%
(1,651.6 mt dw)

742.9
Incidental Fishery2 Commercial Landings 16.8 9.5%
(300 mt dw)

9.5%
(300 mt dw)

52.3
Recreational Landings 11.8 11.9
TOTAL   1,093.6

37.2%
(2,937.6 mt dw)

30.4%
(3,603.2 mt dw)

1,839.4

1. Annual directed quota split equally into two 6 month seasons (baseline: 1,318.8 mt dw per season; adjusted: 1,651.6 mt dw); contains landings reported by vessels with a directed swordfish limited access permit, handgear swordfish limited access permit, swordfish general commercial permit, HMS commercial Caribbean small boat permit, or HMS charter/headboat permit (when on a non for-hire trip).

2. Recreational landings (HMS angling permit or HMS charter/headboat permit when on a for-hire trip) and commercial landings by incidental swordfish limited access and incidental HMS squid trawl permit holders count toward the annual incidental quota.

3. Adjusted quota does not include the 50 mt dw allocation to the reserve category

South Atlantic Swordfish

  2014 Landings (mt dw) Percent of 2014 Baseline Quota Taken (2013 Baseline Quota) Percent of 2014 Adjusted Quota Taken (2013 Adjusted Quota) 2013 Landings During the Same Time Period
(mt dw)
Directed Fishery (Annual Quota) 0.0 0.0%
(75.2 mt dw)

0.0 %
(75.1 mt dw)

0.1

This notice is a courtesy to Atlantic swordfish fishery interests to keep you informed about the fishery. Official notice of federal fishery actions is made through filing such notice with the Office of the Federal Register. For previous landings updates, please visit the Swordfish page, or contact Steve Durkee at (202) 670-6637.

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