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Emergency Action to Immediately Reduce Fishing Mortality in the Northeast Multispecies Fishery

NOAA Fisheries Service implements an emergency interim final rule on May 1, 2006, to immediately reduce fishing mortality on specific groundfish stocks until such time as more permanent management measures can be implemented by the New England Fishery Management Council.  NOAA Fisheries Service has published a emergency interim final rule and a correction in the Federal Register, which describes the changes.

  Final Groundfish Measures
 

This emergency action implements the following measures to reduce fishing mortality on several groundfish stocks from both the commercial and recreational sectors:

  • Differential days-at-sea (DAS) counting for Category A DAS used outside of the U.S./Canada Management Area (1.4 DAS charged for each day fished). Any Category A DAS used on a trip exclusively within the U.S./Canada Management Area is charged at 1 DAS for each day fished
  • A modified cod running-clock provision: Any vessel may land an additional day’s worth of cod, provided the vessel notifies NMFS via vessel monitoring system or the call-in system. Any vessel landing an additional day’s worth of cod while fishing outside of the U.S./Canada Management Area on trips between 24-34 hours would be charged 48 hours of DAS use, while a trip 34 hours or greater would be charged DAS at the differential DAS counting rate of 1.4:1. A vessel landing an additional day’s worth of cod on a trip exclusively within the U.S./Canada Management Area will be charged additional DAS, rounded to the next whole DAS, at a rate of 1:1
  • A reduction of the Gulf of Maine (GOM) cod trip limit to 600 lb/DAS, up to 4,000 lb/trip
  • A reduction of the Cape Cod (CC)/GOM and Southern New England (SNE)/Mid-Atlantic (MA) yellowtail flounder trip limit, as follows:
    • 500 lb per DAS, up to 2,000 lb per trip during July, August, September, December, January, February, March, and April
    • 250 lb per trip during May, June, October, and November
  • A GB yellowtail flounder trip limit of 10,000 lb/trip
  • A GB winter flounder trip limit of 5,000 lb/trip
  • A white hake trip limit of 1,000 lb/DAS, up to 10,000 lb/trip
  • A delayed start date of August 1 for the Eastern U.S./Canada Haddock Special Access Program (SAP)
  • A provision to allow vessels to fish inside and outside of the Eastern U.S./Canada Area on the same trip
  • A modified Regular B DAS Program, restricted to the U.S./Canada Management Area
  • The continuation of the DAS Leasing Program
  • GOM cod prohibition for party/charter and private recreational vessels from November 1 – March 31
  • An increase in the size limit for GOM cod to 24 inches for party/charter and private recreational vessels

 

 
     

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  Final Monkfish Measures
 

Currently, Category C and D monkfish vessels that have a NE multispecis DAS available must use a NE multispecies DAS when fishing on a monkfish DAS. To address a concern that Category C and D monkfish vessels have been targeting monkfish when fishing under a Regular B DAS under the Regular B DAS Program, the following measures are inplemented. In addition, a measure is implemented to address the calculation of available monkfish-only DAS, as follows:

  • A prohibition on the use of Regular B DAS while on a monkfish DAS for limited access Category C, D, G, and H monkfish vessels
  • Monkfish possession limits for limited access Category C, D, G, and H monkfish vessels fishing in the Regular B DAS Program under a NE multispecies DAS
  • A revised method of calculating available monkfish-only DAS for Category C, D, G, and H monkfish vessels based on the reduction of available Category A NE multispecies DAS under this emergency action. A vessel’s monkfish-only DAS allocation will increase by 0.286 DAS for each NE multispecies Category A DAS charged at a rate of 1.4:1 when fishing any part of a trip outside the U.S./Canada Management Area
 
     

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  Questions?
 

Contact Douglas Christel
Fishery Policy Analyst
(978) 281-9141
National Marine Fisheries Service
Sustainable Fisheries Division
One Blackburn Drive
Gloucester, MA 01930

 
     
Spiral Shell For Further Details Regarding These Measures, Please Click on the Link for the Emergency Interim Final Rule under the Features Section of this Page.

 

 

Last Updated: June 15, 2006

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