NMFS News Release





Northeast Regional Office
One Blackburn Drive
Gloucester, MA 01930




Framework 12 to the Atlantic Sea Scallop Management Plan Approved

Date: February 29, 2000

Dear Sea Scallop and Monkfish Permit Holder:

Framework 12 to the Atlantic Sea Scallop Management Plan has been approved. This final rule adjusts the limited access scallop days-at-sea (DAS) allocations for the fishing year March 1, 2000, through February 28, 2001. The adjustments are summarized as follows:



DAS CATEGORY FROM TO
Full-time 51 120
Part-time 20 48
Occasional 4 10

This rule also corrects and clarifies the final rule implementing the Monkfish Fishery Management Plan, which was published on October 7, 1999, by clarifying that the 5% and 25% criterion referred to under several of the monkfish landing limits pertains to monkfish tail weight and not to monkfish whole weight.

This change affects the following monkfish trip limits currently in place:

[This change also affects measures that take effect May 1, 2002, pertaining to vessels issued limited access monkfish Category C or D permits.]

For the purposes of converting whole weight to tail-weight, the amount of whole weight possessed or landed is divided by 3.32. The converted tail weight will than be used to determine the 5% and 25% threshold.

The current regulations do not specify the application deadline for monkfish limited access permits. This rule corrects this omission and specifies that applications for limited access monkfish permits must be received no later than November 7, 2000.

This notice is only a summary of the major provisions. To read the requirements in their entirety, you are encouraged to obtain a complete copy of the regulations by calling (978) 281-9315, or by accessing the Federal Register Online through the NMFS Northeast Regional Homepage at:

http://www.nero.nmfs.gov/ro/doc/nero.html

This notice is authorized by the Regional Administrator of the National Marine Fisheries Service



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