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
Final Rule
Effective
04/06/2020
Point of Contact
Emily Keiley, Fishery Management Specialist, (978) 281-9116
Read Amendment

Summary

NOAA Fisheries approves new selective trawl gear for use in several non-groundfish fisheries when subject to the Georges Bank yellowtail flounder accountability measure. The large-mesh belly panel reduces bycatch of groundfish species, while allowing the target fisheries to continue operating when selective trawl gear is required. Approving this selective trawl gear will provide the fishing industry with more flexibility because there are limited selective trawl gears currently approved for use. 

Bulletins

Approval of Selective Gear for Small-mesh Fisheries: The Large-mesh Belly Panel

We approved a new selective trawl gear, the large-mesh belly panel, for…
March 05, 2020 -
Large mesh belly panel mesh.jpeg

Last updated by Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office on 03/05/2020