NMFS News Release





Northeast Regional Office
One Blackburn Drive
Gloucester, MA 01930




Date: March 25, 1999



Dear Sea Scallop Permit Holder:



Amendment 7 to the Atlantic Sea Scallop Management Plan has been approved. The amendment: (1) redefines overfishing; (2) revises the days-at-sea (DAS) reduction schedule through fishing year 2008 (see below); (3) establishes an annual monitoring and review process to adjust management measures; (4) continues the two Mid-Atlantic closed areas through March 1, 2001; and (5) allows the following management measures to be implemented and adjusted through framework adjustment: closed areas, changes in the overfishing definition, size restrictions, aquaculture projects, leasing DAS, changes to the vessel monitoring system demarcation line, and DAS allocations by gear type.



The maximum number of annual DAS established by Amendment 7 for each category of vessel are as follows:



DAS Category 1999-2000 2000-2001 2001-2002 2002-2003 2003-2004 2004-2005 2005-2006 2006-2007 2007-2008 2008+

Full-time

120 51 49 46 45 34 35 38 36 60

Part-time

48 20 19 18 18 14 14 15 17 24

Occasional

10 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 4 5



Amendment 7 also extends the closures of two Mid-Atlantic areas to scallop fishing to protect high concentrations of juvenile scallops. Effective March 27, 1999, through March 1, 2001, there will be a prohibition on fishing for Atlantic sea scallops in, or possession or retention of sea scallops from, the areas known as the Hudson Canyon South and the Virginia Beach Closed Areas.



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.





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