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NOAA Fisheries Proposes to Approve 20 Groundfish Sectors for Fishing Years 2019 and 2020, and Allocate Annual Catch Entitlements for Fishing Year 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 7, 2019

NOAA Fisheries received sector operations plans and contracts from 20 groundfish sectors for the 2019 and 2020 fishing years. We are proposing to approve these 20 operations plans and grant 19 regulatory exemptions to improve the efficiency and flexibility of sector vessels.

We are proposing to approve the formation of a new groundfish sector and to allocate annual catch entitlements for fishing year 2019 based on Framework 57. Annual catch entitlements may be modified by Framework 58, if approved, at a later date.

Read the proposed rule as published in the Federal Register, and submit your comments through the online portal. Comments are due March 22, 2019.

Copies of each sector’s operations plan and contract are available from our office and online.

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 the Proposed Rule to Approve 2019/2020 Sector Operations Plans and Allocate 2019 Sector ACE."

Questions?

Fishermen: Contact Claire Fitz-Gerald, Sustainable Fisheries Division, 978-281-9255

Media: Contact Jennifer Goebel, Regional Office, 978-281-9175.