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Atlantic Swordfish Landings Update Through June 30, 2015: Commercial and Recreational

January 1 - June 30, 2015 (posted July 14, 2015)

The table below provides preliminary landings estimates and remaining quotas as of June 30, 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.

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

481.6

36.5 %
(1,318.8 mt dw)

32.0 %
(1,504.7 mt dw)

600.6

July 1 - Dec 31

0

0.0 %
(1,318.8 mt dw)

0.0 %
(1,504.7 mt dw)

0.0

Incidental Fishery2

Commercial Landings

5.8

3.9 %
(300 mt dw)

3.9 %
(300 mt dw)

9.7

Recreational Landings

5.9

5.3

Total

 

493.3

16.8 %
(2,937.6 mt dw)

14.9 %
(3,309.4 mt dw)

615.6

  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)

0.0 %
(75.1 mt dw)

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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