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NOAA Fisheries Announces a Final Rule to Adjust the 2015 North and South Atlantic Swordfish Quotas

Posted May 4, 2015

This final rule establishes the 2015 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.
The final North and South Atlantic swordfish adjusted quotas are 3,359.4 and 75.1 mt dw, respectively.  Specifics on landings and quotas can be found below.
 

North Atlantic Swordfish Quota (mt dw)

2014

2015

Baseline Quota

2,937.6

2,937.6

International Quota Transfer

(-)18.8 (to Mauritania)

(-)18.8 (to Mauritania)

Total Underharvest from Previous Year+

1,337.4

2,395.6

Underharvest Carryover from Previous Year+

(+)734.4

(+)440.6

Adjusted Quota

3,653.2

3,359.4

Quota Allocation Directed Category

3,303.2

3,009.4

Incidental Category

300

300

Reserve Category

50

50

South Atlantic Swordfish Quota (mt dw)

2014

2015

Baseline Quota

75.2

75.2

International Quota Transfers*

(-)75.2

(-)75.2

Total Underharvest from Previous Year+

75.1

75.1

Underharvest Carryover from Previous Year+

75.1

75.1

Adjusted quota

75.1

75.1

+ Allowable underharvest carryover is now capped at 15 percent of the baseline quota allocation for the North Atlantic and 75.2 dw (100 mt ww) for the South Atlantic. The available 2014 underharvest is based on data received from commercial dealers and anglers; it does not include dead discards, late reports, or changes to the data as a result of quality control adjustments.
* Under Recommendation 13-03, the United States transfers 75.2 mt dw (100 mt ww) annually 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)
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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 Andrew Rubin 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).  


 

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