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Notice of Intent to Prepare EIS for Proposed Groundfish Amendment 23

February 21, 2017

Through the notice published on Friday, February 17 in the Federal Register, the New England Fishery Management Council is announcing its intention to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) for Amendment 23 to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan. 

Read the New England Fishery Management Council's press release.

Amendment 23 would revise the monitoring and reporting system for the multispecies (groundfish) fishery.

After the scoping process is completed, the Council will begin development of Amendment 23 and will prepare an environmental impact statement to analyze the impacts of the range of alternatives for changing the monitoring and reporting system.

The notice published today announces public hearings and the opportunity to comment on the scope and issues to be analyzed in Amendment 23. The Council may consider changes to any part of the system used to collect and report commercial catch information in the Northeast multispecies fishery.

If this is an issue you are interested in, this is an important opportunity to provide your input. 

Public Meetings

March 3, 9-11am: Samoset Resort, 220 Warrenton Street, Rockport, ME 04856

March 14, 6-8pm: Online webinar
Register to participate.
Phone: 415-930-5321
Access code: 702 360 151

March 21, 2-4pm: Portsmouth Library, 175 Parrott Avenue, Portsmouth, NH 03801

March 21, 6-8pm: GARFO, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 09130

March 22, 6-8pm: Hilton Garden Inn, 4 Home Depot Drive, Plymouth, MA 02360

March 23, 6-8pm: Hilton Garden Inn, 224 Gold Star Highway, Groton, CT 06340

Public comment period: February 17-April 3.

You can submit comments in the following ways:

  • At the public meetings listed above;
  • By email to;
  • By mail to: Thomas A. Nies, Executive Director, New England Fishery Management Council, 50 Water Street, Mill 2, Newburyport, MA 01950; or
  • By fax to (978) 465-3116.
Questions? Contact Jennifer Goebel at 978-281-9175 or