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Framework Adjustment 32 to the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery Management Plan

Overview

Fishing Type
Commercial
Affected Species
Action Status
Final Rule
Effective
04/01/2020
Point of Contact
Travis Ford, Fishery Policy Analyst, (978) 281-9233

Summary

NOAA Fisheries approves and implements Framework Adjustment 32 to the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery Management Plan that establishes scallop specifications and other measures for fishing years 2020 and 2021. In addition, Framework 32 implements measures to protect small scallops and reduce bycatch of flatfish and address regulatory text that is unnecessary, outdated, or unclear consistent with section 305(d) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. This action is necessary to prevent overfishing and improve both yield-per recruit and the overall management of the Atlantic sea scallop resource.

Bulletins

Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery; 2020 Closure of the Closed Area I Access Area for Limited Access General Category Individual Fishing Quota Vessels

The Closed Area I Scallop Access Area is closed to all federally permitted Limited Access General Category (LAGC) Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) scallop vessels effective 0001 hr, on September 13, 2020.
September 11, 2020 -

Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery; 2020 Closure of the Mid-Atlantic Access Area for Limited Access General Category Individual Fishing Quota Vessels

The Mid-Atlantic Access Area is closed to all federally permitted Limited Access General Category (LAGC) Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) scallop vessels effective 0001 hr, on July 19, 2020.
July 17, 2020 -

Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery: Closure of the Northern Gulf of Maine Scallop Management Area for Limited Access General Category Vessels

The Northern Gulf of Maine (NGOM) Scallop Management Area is closed to all federally permitted Limited Access General Category (LAGC) scallop vessels effective 0001 hr, on May 23, 2020.
May 22, 2020 -

Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery: Limited Access General Category Scallop Vessels Updated Allocations for the 2020 Fishing Year and Other New Measures

New measures for Limited Access General Category (LAGC) vessels and a summary of how they may affect fishing plans and activities for the 2020 fishing year. Effective April 1, 2020.
March 30, 2020 -

Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery: Limited Access Scallop Vessels Updated Allocations for the 2020 Fishing Year and Other New Measures

New measures for Limited Access vessels implemented through Framework Adjustment 32 to the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery Management Plan and a summary of how they may affect fishing plans and activities for the 2020 fishing year. Effective April 1, 2020.
March 30, 2020 -

Last updated by Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office on 06/11/2020