NMFS News Release





Northeast Regional Office
One Blackburn Drive
Gloucester, MA 01930




Framework Adjustment 31 to the Northeast Multispecies FMP Partially Approved

Date: December 30, 1999

Dear Northeast Multispecies Permit Holder:

This letter announces that the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has partially approved regulations implementing Framework Adjustment 31 to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan (FMP).

This framework implements, beginning January 5, 2000, a Gulf of Maine cod landings limit of 400 pounds per day at sea (DAS), up to a 4,000 pound maximum possession limit per trip. In addition, this framework will continue the current DAS rules (running clock) which will limit trip limit overages to one day's catch (400 pounds), and allow only one day's catch (400 pounds) to be landed on trips of less than or equal to 24 hours duration. Please refer to the attached text and table which explain the landing limit in relation to DAS. Lastly, this framework will implement a closed area off Massachusetts (Rolling Closure Area VI) during February of 2000 in block #124 and #125 (see below). This action is necessary to reduce cod discards, while still achieving the necessary fishing mortality goals. NMFS disapproved the proposed elimination of the Regional Administrator's authority to adjust the Georges Bank cod trip limit.

This letter is only a summary of the approved regulations. To read these regulations in their entirety, you are encouraged to obtain a complete copy by calling 978-281-9278, or via our website, at: http://www.nero.nmfs.gov/ro/doc/nero.html

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


Rolling Closure Area VI is the area bounded by straight lines connecting the following points in the order stated:

[February 1-February 29, 2000]



N. Lat. W. Long.(or other intersecting line)

42o00' (1)

42o00' (2)

42o00' (3)

42o00' 70o00'

42o30' 70o00'

42o30' (1)



1Massachusetts shoreline.

2Cape Cod shoreline on Cape Cod Bay.

3Cape Cod shoreline on the Atlantic Ocean.




For limited access vessels fishing under a NE multispecies day-at-sea (DAS) and not fishing in the cod exemption program- The landing limit is 400 lbs of GOM cod for the first 24-hour period (or any portion thereof) of a trip on which GOM cod are landed. For trips longer than 24-hours, a vessel may land an additional 400 lbs of GOM cod for each additional 24-hour block of DAS fished, or part of an additional 24-hour block fished. However, in order to land an additional 400 lbs of GOM cod for an additional 24-hour block of DAS fished, the vessel operator must not call out of the DAS program, or depart from port, until the remainder of the additional 24-hour block of DAS has elapsed. The DAS clock must run for the full 24-hour period, and may not exceed 24-hours in duration. The maximum possession limit for GOM cod is 4,000 lbs per trip. The following table also explains how this trip limit works with the DAS clock. Note that the new landing limits are applicable to any trip landing on or after January 5, regardless of when the trip began.

Length of Trip

(hrs & DAS)

Landing Limit LBS Report Hail Wight for Overages

978-281-9278

Other

Restrictions



0-24 hrs

(first DAS)

400 No Vessel may not land GOM cod again until 24 hours have elapsed from time of call-in.
> 24 and < 48 hrs

(more than 1 DAS, up to 2 DAS)



800





(2 times 400 lbs)



Yes
Vessel may not call-out of the DAS program or depart from port, until at least 48 hours have elapsed.
> 48 and < 72 hrs

(more than 2 DAS, up to 3 DAS)



1,200





(3 times 400 lbs)



Yes
Vessel may not call-out of the DAS program or depart from port, until at least 72 hours have elapsed.
> 3 DAS and

< 9 DAS

calculate using above examples Yes calculate using above examples
more than 9 DAS 4,000 Yes Vessel may not call-out of the DAS program or depart from port, until at least 10 DAS have elapsed



For vessels with multispecies permit category C (small vessel exemption), H (handgear) and J (scallop multispecies possession limit) the total landing limit for GOM cod, haddock and yellowtail flounder (combined) is 300 lbs per trip.

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



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