Final Interim Management Measures for Groundfish
NOAA's Fisheries Service announced its final rule for groundfish interim management measures to be in place for the fishing year effective May 1, 2009 through October 28, 2009. The New England Fishery Management Council continues to work on Amendment 16 to the Multispecies Fisheries Management Plan, which will institute measures for 2010. The content of the interim rule reflects input received during the public comment period. It is based, in part, on measures recommended to NOAA by the Council. NOAA expanded the recommendations to ensure protection for the stocks most in need, such as winter flounder in southern New England.