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NOAA Fisheries Seeks Comments on Proposed Rule for Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery for 2018 Fishing Year

March 15, 2018

Today, NOAA Fisheries published the proposed rule to set management measures for the Atlantic Sea Scallop fishery for the 2018 fishing year (April 1, 2018–March 31, 2019). Framework 29 would:

  • Set annual catch limits for both the limited access and limited access general category (LAGC) fleets, days-at-sea and allocations for the sea scallop access area.  The 2018 projected landings are expected to increase by 28 percent from fishing year 2017;
  • Allocate effort into five rotational access areas (Mid-Atlantic, Nantucket Lightship-West, Nantucket Lightship-South, and Closed Area I).  The Closed Area 1 and Nantucket Lightship-West would contain new areas that will become available to scallop fishing through the Omnibus Habitat Amendment; and
  • Adjust the scallop fleet’s accountability measures for two different flatfish stocks (Southern New England/Mid-Atlantic yellowtail flounder and Georges Bank yellowtail flounder) and develop an accountability measure for northern windowpane flounder.

Read the proposed rule as published in the Federal Register, and submit your comments through the online portal. You may also submit comments through regular mail to: Michael Pentony, Regional Administrator, Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930. Please mark the outside of the envelope:  “Comments on Framework 29."

We will be accepting public comment on this proposed rule through March 30.

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