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:
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.