Fisheries Of The Northeastern United States; Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery; Framework Adjustment 27

2016-02-24T15:00:48+00:00 February 24, 2016|
Atlantic sea scallops. (Credit: NOAA)

(Click to enlarge) Atlantic sea scallops. (Credit: NOAA)

NMFS proposes to approve and implement measures included in Framework Adjustment 27 to the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery Management Plan, which the New England Fishery Management Council adopted and submitted to NMFS for approval.

(From the Federal Register) — The purpose of Framework 27 is to prevent overfishing, improve yield-per-recruit, and improve the overall management of the Atlantic sea scallop fishery. Framework 27 would: Set specifications for the scallop fishery for fishing year 2016, including days-at-sea allocations, individual fishing quotas, and sea scallop access area trip allocations; create a new rotational closed area south of Closed Area II to protect small scallops; and open the northern portion of the Nantucket Lightship Access Area to the Limited Access General Category fleet and transfer 19 percent of the Limited Access General Category access area trips from the Mid-Atlantic Access Area to the northern portion of the Nantucket Lightship Access Area.

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