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Framework Adjustment 23 to the Atlantic Sea Scallop FMP

Sustainable  Fisheries Division
(978) 281 –9315
April 5, 2012


New Measures under Framework Adjustment 23 (Framework 23) to the
Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery Management Plan -  Effective Date: May 7, 2012

To explain what the new Scallop Framework 23 measures mean to you, we have divided this
letter into four sections:

  • Section 1: Turtle Deflector Dredge Requirements (See Page 2 of attached letter)
  • Section 2: New Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) Declarations Provision (See Page 4 of attached letter)
  • Section 3: Adjustments to the Northern Gulf of Maine Management Program (See Page 4 of attached letter)
  • Section 4: Changes to the Yellowtail Flounder Accountability Measures (See Page 5 of attached letter)

This summary is not a substitute for the actual regulations. We encourage you to read the full text of the regulations, available at

Questions You May Have

When are the measures in this letter effective?
These measures are effective on May 7, 2012.

Who can I call if I have a question about any of the measures?
Please call our Sustainable Fisheries Division staff at (978) 281-9315. They can answer your questions or direct you to other Northeast Regional Office staff who can.