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Final Rule to Adjust the 2014 North and South Atlantic Swordfish Quotas

Posted August 22, 2014

This final rule establishes the 2014 adjusted North and South Atlantic swordfish quotas taking into account the carryover of allowable underharvest and international quota transfers, consistent with the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) Recommendations 13-02 and 13-03.  This action also modifies regulatory text such that underharvest of North Atlantic swordfish accrued in 2014 and beyond is limited to 15 percent of a country’s baseline quota, consistent with Recommendation 13-02.

The final North and South Atlantic swordfish adjusted quotas are 3,653.2 and 75.1 mt dw, respectively.  Specifics on landings and quotas can be found below.

North Atlantic Swordfish Quota (mt dw)

2013

2014

Baseline Quota

2,937.6

2,937.6

International Quota Transfer

(-)112.8 (to Morocco)

(-)18.8 (to Mauritania)

Total Underharvest from Previous Year+

814.1

1,391.48

Underharvest Carryover from Previous Year+

(+)734.4

(+)734.4

Adjusted Quota

3,559.2

3,653.2

Quota Allocation Directed Category

3,209.2

3,303.2

Incidental Category

300

300

Reserve Category

50

50

South Atlantic Swordfish Quota (mt dw)

2013

2014

Baseline Quota

75.2

75.2

International Quota Transfers*

(-)75.2

(-)75.2

Total Underharvest from Previous Year+

75.2

75.1

Underharvest Carryover from Previous Year+

75.2

75.1

Adjusted quota

75.2

75.1

+ 2013 underharvest carryover is capped at 25 percent of the baseline quota allocation for the North Atlantic and 75.2 dw (100 mt ww) for the South Atlantic.  Starting in 2015, for the North Atlantic only, underharvest carryover will be capped at 15 percent of the baseline quota allocation.
* Under Recommendation 13-03, 100 mt ww of the U.S. underharvest and baseline quota was transferred to Namibia (37.6 mt dw, 50 mt ww), Côte d’Ivoire (18.8 mt dw, 25 mt ww), and Belize (18.8 mt dw, 25 mt ww).

This notice is a courtesy to the Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) fishery participants to help keep you informed about the fishery.  Official notice of Federal actions is made through filing such notice with the Office of Federal Register.  For further information on this final rule, contact Alexis Jackson at 301-427-8503 or Steve Durkee at 202-670-6637.  Copies of the final rule are available upon request from the Highly Migratory Species Management Division, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910 (phone: 301-427-8503, fax: 301-713-1917).  The final rule can also be found here.

 

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