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Welcome to the Northeast Regional Office - Amendment 11 Updates

NOAA Fisheries Service announces new regulations implementing Amendment 11 to the Atlantic Sea Scallops Fishery Management Plan.  The final rule published on April 14, 2008
Amendment 11 measures are effective June 1, 2008, with the exception of the requirement to have been issued an Limited Access General Category (LAGC) scallop permit in order to fish in the general category scallop fishery.  To continue fishing for scallops as a general category vessel, a vessel must have been issued an LAGC scallop permit by July 1, 2008.  While Amendment 11 establishes criteria and authority for determining the percentage of scallop catch allocated to the general category fleet and establishes the IFQ program, the specific allocation amounts have been developed by the Council as part of Framework 19 to the FMP (Framework 19), which will establish scallop fishery management measures for the 2008 and 2009 fishing years.


A complete copy of the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery regulations are available by clicking here.

Amendment 11 was developed by the New England Fishery Management Council to establish limited access and individual quotas for the general category fleet of scallop vessels, as well as other important measures to control fishing mortality and capacity in the general category scallop fishery.  Amendment 11 includes the following key management measures (A full description of all measures is included in the links on this site):

  • Limited entry program for general category vessels, with three new categories of limited access general category (LAGC) scallop permits
  • Provisions for permit issuance, vessel replacements, and confirmation of permit history (CPH) for LAGC scallop permits
  • Allocation of scallop catch to vessels with an individual fishing quota (IFQ) permit
  • Allocation of scallop catch to vessels with an IFQ permit and that also have a full-time, part-time, or occasional scallop permit
  • A target total allowable catch for vessels with an Incidental catch permit
  • A Northern Gulf of Maine (NGOM) Scallop Management Area with a separate total allowable catch and area-specific management measures
  • A requirement for all IFQ and NGOM vessels to report landings through vessel monitoring system (VMS) on all trips
  • A mechanism to establish fishing industry cooperatives and sectors in the general category fleet
  • A change of the issuance date for general category permits from May 1 to March 1 to integrate the entire scallop fishery into one fishing year
  • A regulatory amendment that clarifies that an individual cannot own more than 5 percent of the limited access (full-time, part-time, and occasional) permit eligibilities in the form of a limited access vessel or confirmation of permit history

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New Regulations: (978) 281-9315
Permit Applications: (978) 281-9370


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Last Updated: August 19, 2008

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