Species News – Scallops, Yellowtail

Georges Bank yellowtail quota to drop in 2014 but US share to increase 

HYANNIS, MA – Following hours of difficult discussion that stretched out over two days, the New England Fishery Management Council voted on Sept. 25 to adopt a 400-metric-ton (mt) 2014 quota for Georges Bank yellowtail flounder as recommended by the US/Canada Transboundary Management Guidance Committee (TMGC).

The 400 mt will be divided between the US and Canada under a formula in which historical catches are weighted 10% and “resource distribution based on trawl surveys” is weighted 90%…


2014 another ‘bridge year’ for scallopers

HYANNIS, MA – Scallopers will have to ride out one more lean year, but, by 2015, the fleet should begin reaping the benefits of recent strong recruitment, especially in the Mid-Atlantic.

During its Sept. 24-26 meeting here, the New England Fishery Management Council reviewed 2013 scallop survey results and took its first look at Framework Adjustment 25 to the federal scallop plan, which will set specifications for the 2014 fishing year, establish “default” specifications for 2015, create accountability measures (AMs) for Southern New England/Mid-Atlantic (SNE/MA) windowpane flounder, and more…


Dogfish, skate center plate at CCCFA reception

HYANNIS, MA – Anyone with reservations about eating dogfish or skates would have become a complete convert had they attended the Sept. 24 “Meet the Fleet” reception hosted by the Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance (CCCFA).

With Executive Chef Toby Hill of Lyric Restaurant in Yarmouth Port at the skillet, the 75 or so people who crowded into a function room here at the Cape Codder Resort were treated to four made-in-front-of-them dishes anchored by the two featured species of the evening…


Read the rest and much, much more in the November issue of Commercial Fisheries News. Read online immediately and download for future reference.