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)
2Cape Cod shoreline on Cape Cod Bay.
3Cape Cod shoreline on the Atlantic Ocean.
|Length of Trip
(hrs & DAS)
|Landing Limit LBS||Report Hail Wight for
|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)
(2 times 400 lbs)
|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)
(3 times 400 lbs)
|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