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Northeast Multispecies Common Pool Vessels; Closure of the Trimester Total Allowable Catch Area for American Plaice

Sustainable  Fisheries Division
(978) 281 –9315
May 24, 2017

Effective Date: May 24, 2017, through August 31, 2017

Effective at 1615 hours on May 24, 2017, statistical areas 512, 513, 514, 515, 521, 522, and 525 are closed for the remainder of Trimester 1 through August 31, 2017, to all common pool vessels on a groundfish trip fishing with trawl gear.  This closure is required because over 90 percent of the Trimester 1 Total Allowable Catch (TAC) for American plaice has been caught.  This area will reopen at the beginning of Trimester 2, at 0001 hours, September 1, 2017. 

If you have crossed the vessel monitoring system demarcation line and are currently at sea on a groundfish trip, you may complete your trip in all or part of the closed areas.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is this action being taken?

To avoid quota overages we are required to close the Trimester TAC Area for a stock when 90 percent of the Trimester TAC is caught.

How much of the quota has been caught?

As of May 21, 90 percent of the quota for American plaice has been caught.  Quota monitoring reports are updated on the internet at:

What happens if the Trimester TAC is exceeded? Underharvested?

If the Trimester 1 or Trimester 2 TAC for a stock is exceeded, the overage is deducted from the Trimester 3 TAC.  Any unused portion of the Trimester 1 or Trimester 2 TAC for the stock is carried forward to the following trimester.  No unused portion of the total annual quota may be carried over to the following fishing year.

What happens if the annual quota is exceeded?

If the 2017 fishing year quota is exceeded, the amount of the overage will be deducted from the common pool’s quota next year (i.e., fishing year 2018).

For small entity compliance guides, this bulletin complies with section 212 of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement and Fairness Act of 1996.  This notice is authorized by the Regional Administrator of the National Marine Fisheries Service, Greater Atlantic Region.