Federally permitted charter operations, which NOAA defined as "for-hire components," will have a 49-day season starting June 1 and ending July 19. The catch quota for private angling is set at 3,004,075 pounds whole weight. For charter boats, the catch quota is 2,278,000 pounds whole weight for the 2017 season. In 2016, the total recreational quota was exceeded by 129,906 pounds, according to NOAA. By law, the next year's quota needs to make up the difference.