Omnibus Essential Fish Habitat Amendment 2


Fishing Type
Commercial, Recreational
Action Status
Final Rule
Point of Contact
Moira Kelly, Senior Fishery Program Specialist, (978) 281-9218


This action implements approved regulations for the New England Fishery Management Council's Omnibus Essential Fish Habitat Amendment 2. This rule revises essential fish habitat and habitat area of particular concern designations, revises or creates habitat management areas, including gear restrictions, to protect vulnerable habitat from fishing gear impacts, establishes dedicated habitat research areas, and implements several administrative measures related to reviewing these measures, as well as other regulatory adjustments to implement these measures. This action is necessary to comply with the requirements of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to periodically review essential fish habitat designations and protections. The measures are designed to minimize to the extent practicable the adverse effects of fishing on essential fish habitat.

Federal Register


Gillnet Fishing: Closed Area I and Nantucket Lightship Closure Areas

Gillnetters fishing in Nantucket Lightship Groundfish and the Closed Area I Groundfish Closure Areas must remove gear as soon as safely possible.
November 01, 2019 -

Last updated by Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office on 11/01/2019