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2011 Transboundary Resource Assessment Committee (TRAC) Yellowtail Flounder Stock Assessment
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Georges Bank Yellowtail Flounder News

In August/September 2011, as a result of lower than expected recruitment and continued poor stock conditions, a joint U.S./Canada management body made up of managers and fishermen and known as the Transboundary Management Guidance Committee, recommended reduced catch limits for Georges Bank yellowtail flounder for fishermen in both countries in 2012. The New England Fishery Management Council adopted these total allowable catches at its September 2011 Council meeting and incorporated them into its latest revision to the groundfish fishery management plan (Framework 47). NOAA Fisheries Service approved and implemented the new catch limits on May 1.

Given the magnitude of the catch limit reduction, NOAA Fisheries and the Council have announced establishment of a new joint working group to work with the fishing industry and other interested parties to explore measures to help fishermen facing overall quota reductions of 61 percent in 2012.

April 27 -- NOAA Fisheries Service and New England Fishery Management Council announce formation of joint agency working group

April 30 -- NOAA Fisheries Service announces steps to assist fishing industry

May 1 -- New Management Measures announced for 2012 fishing year:

Final Rule to Implement Framework 47 to Multispecies Fishery Management Plan

Final Rule to Implement 2012 Sector Operations Plans

May 23 - Working Group Meeting

This meeting was recorded.
Download the audio of the two sessions (MP3 file format) below
Audio 1 (AM session)
Audio 2 (PM session)

Participant list


Joint Statement from Samuel Rauch, acting assistant administrator, NOAA Fisheries Service and C.M. "Rip" Cunningham, chair, New England Fishery Management Council, from Yellowtail Working Group Meeting in New Bedford, MA

Georges Bank Yellowtail Flounder Science Presentation
(Chris Legault, NEFSC)

Bycatch Reduction/Hotspot Reporting Presentation
(Cate O'Keefe, SMAST)

Georges Bank yellowtail flounder catch presentation
(Dr. J. Michael Lanning)

Yellowail flounder management presentation
(Tom Nies, New England Fishery Management Council)


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