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Northeast Skate Complex: Framework Adjustment 6 Revisions to 2018-2019 Specifications


Fishing Type
Action Status
Proposed Rule
Point of Contact
Emily Gilbert, Fishery Policy Analyst, (978) 281-9244.


This rule proposes to approve and implement measures submitted by the New England Fishery Management Council in Framework Adjustment 6 to the Northeast Skate Complex Fishery Management Plan and revise the 2018-2019 specifications. This action would reduce the management uncertainty buffer between the annual catch limit and the annual catch target from 25 to 10 percent, which would result in increasing the annual catch target and total allowable landings for the 2018-2019 fishing years by 20 percent. This action is necessary to allow the skate wing total allowable landing to be achieved while minimizing the need to restrict fishing operations through incidental possession limits. This action intends to extend the directed fishing time for both the skate wing and bait fisheries

Last updated by Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office on 03/17/2022