Final Rule to Implement Framework Adjustment 8 to the Northeast Skate Complex Fishery Management Plan
NOAA Fisheries announces regulations to implement measures recommended by the New England Fishery Management Council in Framework Adjustment 8 to the Northeast Skate Complex Fishery Management Plan. This rule includes skate catch limits for fishing years 2020 and 2021 and increased seasonal trip limits for both the wing and bait fisheries. This action is necessary to establish skate specifications consistent with the most recent scientific information. The intent of this action is to establish appropriate catch limits for the skate fishery, while providing additional operational flexibility to fishery participants.