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NOAA Fisheries Approves Lease-Only Operations Plan for Sector 9, Amendment to Sector 7 Operations Plan, and Quota Allocations for Sectors 7 and 9

July 19, 2018

NOAA Fisheries is approving Northeast Fishery Sector 9’s operations plan to allow it to operate as a lease-only sector.

We are also allocating 2018 quotas to Sectors 7 and 9 based on catch limits recommended by the New England Fishery Management Council, which we approved earlier this year. In addition, we are approving Sector 7’s amendment to its operations plan as submitted, which includes a condition that would make all vessels owned by Carlos Rafael inactive unless and until the vessels are sold to an independent third party.

Read the interim final rule as filed in the Federal Register. 

Submit your comments through the online portal beginning tomorrow, July 20. 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 Rulemaking for NEFS 7 and NEFS 9.”

The comment period is open through August 20.

Read the statement from Regional Administrator Mike Pentony on the approval of this interim final rule.


Fishermen: Liz Sullivan, Regional Office, at 978-282-8493 

Media: Jennifer Goebel, Regional Office, at 978-281-9175