Expansion of the Scallop Dredge Exemption Areas under the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan

Overview

Description
Allows vessels issued LACG permits to fish for scallops with small dredges in an expanded area.
Fishing Type
Commercial
Affected Species
Northeast Groundfish
Action Status
Final Rule
Effective
02/14/2020
Point of Contact
Shannah Jaburek, Fishery Management Specialist, 978-282-8456

Summary

NOAA Fisheries is implementing modifications to the regulations implementing the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan to allow vessels issued a limited access general category individual fishing quota sea scallop permit to fish for scallops with small dredges in an expanded area. In addition, NOAA Fisheries is modifying open area days-at-sea trip reporting procedures for limited access scallop vessels. This action is intended to provide consistency, flexibility, and potential economic benefit to the scallop fleet. 

Last updated by Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office on 01/28/2020