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Atlantic Swordfish Landings Update Through January 31, 2015

Atlantic Swordfish Landings Update: Commercial and Recreational

January 1 - January 31, 2014 (posted February 6, 2015)

The table below provides preliminary landings estimates and remaining quotas as of January 31, 2015, for the Atlantic swordfish fisheries for the 2015 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 2015 annual directed landings quota seen below has not been adjusted for 2014 underharvests and does not include the reserve category allocation or international quota transfers.  NMFS is currently working on a proposed rule that would adjust the 2015 base quotas for these factors based on recommendations from the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT).

North Atlantic Swordfish

 

 

2015 Landings
(mt dw)

Percent of 2015 Baseline Quota Taken
(2015 Baseline Quota)

Percent of 2015 Adjusted Quota Taken
(2015 Adjusted Quota) 

2014 Landings During the Same Time Period
(mt dw)

Directed Fishery1

Jan 1 – June 30

73.5

5.6 %
(1,318.8 mt dw)

N/A

68.5

July 1 - Dec 31

0

0.0 %
(1,318.8 mt dw)

N/A

0.0

Incidental Fishery2

Commercial Landings

0.6

0.0 %
(300 mt dw)

N/A

2.0

Recreational Landings

0.4

0.6

Total

 

74.5

2.5 %
(2,937.6 mt dw)

N/A

71.1

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

  2015 Landings (mt dw) Percent of 2015 Baseline Quota Taken (2015 Baseline Quota) Percent of 2015 Adjusted Quota Taken (2015 Adjusted Quota) 2014 Landings During the Same Time Period
(mt dw)
Directed Fishery (Annual Quota) 0.0 0.0%
(75.2 mt dw)

N/A

0.0

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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