Atlantic Swordfish Landings Update Through May 31, 2014
Atlantic Swordfish Landings Update: Commercial and Recreational
January 1 - May 31, 2014 (posted June 6, 2014)
The table below provides preliminary landings estimates and remaining quotas as of May 31, 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. Totals are reported in metric tons (mt) dressed weight (dw); 1 mt is equal to 2,204.6 pounds.
The 2014 annual directed landings quota seen below has not been adjusted for 2013 underharvests and does not include the reserve category allocation or international quota transfers. NMFS recently published a proposed rule (79 FR 27553) that would adjust the 2014 base quotas for these factors based on International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) Recommendations 13-02 and 13-03. The comment period for this proposed rule closes on June 13th.
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)||2013 Landings During from
Jan 1-April 13
|Directed Fishery1||January 1 - June 30||514.9||
|July 1 - December 31||0.0||0.0%
(1,318.8 mt dw)
|Incidental Fishery2||Commercial Landings||8.9||4.3%
(300 mt dw)
1. Annual directed quota split equally into two 6 month seasons (baseline: 1,318.8 mt dw per season); 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.
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
|Directed Fishery (Annual Quota)||0.0||0.0%
(75.2 mt dw)
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. For more information, or contact Steve Durkee at (202) 670-6637.
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