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NOAA Fisheries Announces Proposed Rules for Northeast Skate Fishery

June 6, 2016

Today, NOAA Fisheries proposes, and opens for public comments, new management measures for the northeast skate fishery. 

These were developed through Framework Adjustment 3 to the Northeast Skate Complex Fishery Management Plan at the recommendation of the New England Fishery Management Council. 

The proposed measures are:

  • New quotas for the skate wing (8,372 mt) and bait (4,218 mt) fisheries for the 2016 and 2017.
  • All skate trip limits are proposed to remain unchanged from current levels. 
  • Splitting the skate wing fishery quota into two seasons (May through August and September through April) to allow the directed fishery to be temporarily closed in-season if the seasonal quota is reached. 

Read the proposed rule as filed in the Federal Register.

The comment period is open until 5pm on June 21.

Please submit your comments online or by mailing them to:

John Bullard, Regional Administrator
NOAA Fisheries Greater Atlantic Region
55 Great Republic Drive
Gloucester, MA 01930


Please mark the outside of the envelope "Comments on Northeast Skate Fishery Proposed Rule."

Questions? Contact Jennifer Goebel, Regional Office, at 978-281-9175 or