Initiation of a Status Review for Cusk - NOAA Fisheries Service announces the initiation of a status review for cusk (Brosme brosme) and solicits information on the status of, and threats to, the species
December 19, 2006 Scallop Permit Holder Letter - NOAA Fisheries Service has enacted an interim action for the scallop fishery that delays the opening of the Elephant Trunk Access Area (ETAA) until March 1, 2007, reduces the number of trips that a vessel can take in the area, and prohibits vessels from possessing more than 50 bushels of in-shell scallops outside the boundaries of the ETAA. This interim rule is effective from December 22, 2006, through June 20, 2007, and can be extended through December 17, 2007. A permit holder letter describing the interim action has been mailed to all scallop vessel owners. For further information, please contact the Northeast Regional Office at (978) 281-9315.
Sea Scallop Dredge Fishery Emergency Regulation - Correction to configuration requirements for chain mats in the mid-Atlantic sea scallop dredge fishery: NMFS has issued an emergency final regulation that removes one of the options for configuring chain mats in the mid-Atlantic sea scallop dredge fishery. This regulation corrects a discrepancy between the two options for configuring the gear which were included the August 2006 regulation. This final regulation is effective November 18, 2006. - Permit Holder Letter
Public Hearings For Draft SBRM Amendment - NOAA Fisheries Service Announces Public Hearings For Draft Omnibus Amendment To The FMPs Of The Mid-Atlantic & New England Regional Fishery Management Councils On Standardized Bycatch Reporting Methodology (SBRM).
NE Multispecies Fishery Emergency Secretarial Action Extension - NOAA Fisheries Service Announces That The Emergency Regulations Implemented On May 1, 2006, Will Remain In Effect Until April 4, 2007, Or Until Such Time As Measures Under Framework Adjustment (FW) 42 To The NE Multispecies Fishery Management Plan (FMP) And FW 3 To The Monkfish FMP, If Approved, Can Be Implemented
NOAA Fisheries Service Implements Sea Scallop Emergency Action - NOAA Fisheries Service implements an observer service provider program for the Atlantic Sea Scallop fishery including criteria for becoming an approved observer service provider, observer certification criteria, decertification criteria, and observer deployment logistics.
New American Lobster Broodstock Management Measures - NOAA Fisheries Service announces new Federal American lobster regulations in response to recommendations by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and to clarify existing regulations (03/14/06)
Reduction in the Georges Bank Yellowtail Flounder Trip Limit - NOAA Fisheries Service Announces a Reduction in the Georges Bank Yellowtail Flounder Trip Limit to 1,500 lb per Day, up to a Maximum of 15,000 lb per Trip, for Limited Access NE Multispecies DAS Vessels Fishing in the U.S./Canada Management Area (02/07/06)
American Lobster Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking - NOAA Fisheries Service announces that it is considering, and seeking public comment on the implementation of further minimum carapace length (gauge) increases and escape vent size increases in the Federal lobster fishery.
Information on Low Profile Groundline Workshops - NOAA Fisheries Service will conduct a series of fact finding/scoping workshops from Maine to North Carolina during the last two weeks of September 2005 to help assess the feasibility of requiring low profile groundline for fisheries regulated by the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan.
American Lobster Proposed Broodstock Management Measures - NOAA Fisheries Service announces its intent to consider revisions to the Federal American lobster regulations in response to recommendations by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and to clarify existing regulations.
U.S./Canada Management Area Closure - NOAA Fisheries Service announces that the Eastern U.S./Canada Area is closed to all limited access NE multispecies days-at-sea vessels, effective August 26, 2005.
Red Tide/Shellfish Fishery Failure Determination - On June 16, 2005, U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez yesterday announced a formal determination that the Massachusetts shellfish fishery is in a commercial failure triggered by a massive red tide bloom in the New England region. The determination came in response to a June 10, 2005, letter from Governor Mitt Romney requesting disaster assistance for the hard hit Massachusetts shellfish industry. On June 14, 2005, the State of Maine submitted a similar request that is currently under consideration.
NOAA Fisheries Service Takes Emergency Action to Address Red Tide - On June 14, 2005, NOAA Fisheries Service issued an emergency action to close a portion of Federal waters off the coasts of New Hampshire and Massachusetts to the harvest of all species of shellfish (bivalves), with the exception of scallop meats, due to the spread of toxic algal blooms (red tide). This is the largest bloom on record in New England history warranting a public health emergency.
CRPP Broad Agency Announcement - On June 14, 2005, NOAA Fisheries Service issued a Broad Agency Announcement to solicit proposals addressing a number of research topics related to Northeast fisheries. These include ecological relationships as they relate to rebuilding stocks, commercial and recreational bycatch and discard issues, and socioeconomic data on the recreational fisheries. Research projects that develop and implement strategies for enhancing safety at sea and industry-led training for public sector employees on commercial fishery practices will also be considered.
Proposed Rule for the Sea Scallop Dredge Fishery - On May 27, 2005, NOAA Fisheries Service published a proposed rule which would require that sea scallop dredge vessels fishing in the mid-Atlantic from May through November modify the dredge(s) with a chain mat configuration. This action is necessary to help reduce the take of threatened sea turtles in sea scallop dredge gear. Comments on the proposed rule must be received by 5 p.m. EST on June 27, 2005.
Eastern Oyster 90 Day Finding - On May 18, 2005, NOAA Fisheries Service announced that it will review the status of eastern oysters (Crassostrea virginica) along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts to determine if the species warrants protection under the Federal Endangered Species Act. NOAA Fisheries Service is asking for documented information for use in the status review, such as descriptions of current or past distribution, abundance, population condition, information on the existence of subspecies, and details on restoration and protection efforts. The deadline for submitting information is July 17, 2005.
Monkfish Amendment 2 Webpage - NOAA Fisheries Service Announces That New Regulations Implementing Recently Approved Amendment 2 To The Monkfish FMP Have Been Approved & Take Effect On May 1, 2005.
Clarification of Offloading of Multispecies Fish Requirements - NOAA Fisheries Clarifies Requirements for a Fishing Vessel That Comes into Port with Fish on Board and That Intends to Resume the Fishing Trip Without Offloading Fish. This Clarification Is in Response to Questions about Whether a Fishing Vessel Could Layover in a Port for Weather Reasons Without Offloading its Catch and Then Continue Fishing, Including Going Back into the U.S./Canada Management Area, to Catch the Remainder of its Trip Limit (January 13, 2005) (Eastern U.S./Canada Management Area).
U.S./Canada Management Area - NOAA Fisheries Announces Re-Opening of the Eastern U.S./Canada Area to Limited Access NE Multispecies DAS Vessels & Removes the Prohibition on the Harvest, Possession, & Landing of Georges Bank Yellowtail Flounder by NE Multispecies Vessels Within the Entire U.S./Canada Management Area, as of 12:00 AM on January 14, 2005 (Eastern U.S./Canada Management Area)
Framework 40-A - NOAA Fisheries announces that regulations implementing Framework 40-A to the Northeast Multispecies FMP were filed with the Federal Register and took effect on November 19, 2004.
Frameworks 16 & 39 - NOAA Fisheries announces that regulations implementing Framework 16 to the Atlantic Sea Scallop FMP and Framework 39 to the NE Multispecies FMP were filed with the Federal Register and will take effect on November 2, 2004.