NOAA Fisheries Service Amends Sea Scallop Regulations
NOAA Fisheries Service announces that regulations implementing Framework 18 to the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery Management Plan (FMP) will be effective on June 15, 2006. The management measures are: Scallop fishery specifications (open area days-at-sea (DAS) and Scallop Access Area trip allocations); scallop Area Rotation Program adjustments; and revisions to management measures that would improve administration of the FMP. In addition, a seasonal closure of the Elephant Trunk Access Area is implemented to reduce potential interactions between the scallop fishery and sea turtles, and to reduce finfish and scallop bycatch mortality. For more information regarding the amended regulations, contact Pete Christopher, Fishery Policy Analyst, at 978-281-9288.
February 19, 2009