Approval of New Gear under Small-Mesh Fisheries Accountability Measures for Northeast Multispecies Fishery

Overview

Description
Propose to allow use of new selective trawl gear in several non-groundfish fisheries when subject to the Georges Bank yellowtail flounder accountability measure.
Fishing Type
Commercial
Action Status
Proposed Rule
Published
11/15/2018
Comments Close
12/17/2018
Point of Contact
Emily Keiley, Fishery Management Specialist, (978) 281-9116

Summary

NOAA Fisheries proposes to approve new selective trawl gear for use in several non-groundfish fisheries when subject to the Georges Bank yellowtail flounder accountability measure. The proposed selective gear would reduce bycatch of groundfish species, while allowing the target fisheries to continue operating when selective trawl gear is required. Approving this selective trawl gear would provide the fishing industry with more flexibility because there are limited selective trawl gears currently approved for use. We also propose to disapprove the use of this gear in the southern windowpane accountability measure areas.

Last updated by Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office on 11/14/2018