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Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery: Default Management Measures for Fishing Year 2021

March 24, 2021

The following information describes default measures that will be implemented April 1, 2021, until Framework Adjustment 33 to the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery Management Plan is implemented (if approved).

The following information describes default measures that will be implemented April 1, 2021, until Framework Adjustment 33 to the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery Management Plan is implemented (if approved). In addition, we have also included reminders of some current requirements.

IMPORTANT:  The New England Fishery Management Council voted on final 2021 allocations in Framework Adjustment 33 on January 27, 2021, and, if we approve the action, we will adjust scallop allocations in late-April or early-May 2021. We have noted these Framework 33 allocations throughout so you can consider these adjustments when planning your fishing activity between April 1 and the implementation of Framework 33. 

Measures for Limited Access General Category (LAGC) Scallop Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) Vessels

Fishing Year 2021 Allocations

The table below includes the default LAGC fleet allocations for IFQ vessels that become effective April 1, 2021, along with the allocations under Framework 33 that, if adopted, would replace the April 1, 2021, measures. A letter that specifies your vessel’s 2021 IFQ, which we set based on the allocations listed below, is available on your Fish Online. Your IFQ allocation letter will explain the details of setting your IFQ. 

 LAGC Fleet Allocations

  April 1, 2021

FW 33 

(if approved)

LAGC IFQ only 1,849,430 lb 1,903,581 lb
LAGC IFQ with Limited Access Permit 184,943 lb 190,359 lb

 

For more information about your vessel’s default and Framework 33 IFQ please visit your Fish Online account or see the 2021 IFQ Transfer Form.

IFQ Carryover

Vessel owners may carry over unused IFQ up to 15 percent of the vessel’s fishing year 2020 IFQ, including the original allocation and IFQ transferred from another vessel (leases or permanent allocation transfers). You will see any carryover adjustments on your Fish Online days at-sea (DAS) report. 

Fishing Year 2021 Default Access Area Trip Allocations for the LAGC IFQ Scallop Fleet

The tables below includes the default access area trip allocations for LAGC IFQ fleet that become effective April 1, 2021, along with the allocations under Framework 33 that, if adopted, would replace the April 1, 2021, measures. 

 

Scallop access area

April 1, 2021

Framework 33

(if approved)

Closed Area I

0

856

Nantucket Lightship-South-Deep

0

856

Mid-Atlantic

571

571

Total

 

2,283

 

LAGC Incidental Scallop Target TAC

The incidental scallop target TAC for fishing year 2021 is 50,000 lb. Vessels issued an LAGC Incidental Catch scallop permit may land up to 40 lb shucked or 5 bu in-shell scallops per trip.

Measures for Limited Access Scallop Vessels

Access Area Allocations 

The tables below include the default access area allocations for limited access vessels that become effective April 1, 2021, along with the allocations under Framework 33 that, if adopted, would replace the April 1, 2021, measures. 

Default and Framework 33 Full-Time Limited Access Scallop Access Area Allocations

Rotational access area

Possession limit

April 1, 2021

Framework 33

(if approved)

Closed Area II*

18,000 lb

0 lb

27,000 lb

Nantucket Lightship-South-Deep

18,000 lb

0 lb

27,000 lb

Mid-Atlantic

18,000 lb

18,000 lb

18,000 lb

Total

 

18,000 lb

72,000 lb

*The boundaries of Closed Area II would change after Framework 33 is implemented.  Fishing year 2020 carryover trips into Closed Area II must take place entirely within the fishing year 2020 boundaries and fishing year 2021 would take place entirely within the 2021 boundaries. You cannot combine fishing year 2020 Closed Area II carryover trips and fishing year 2021 Closed Area II trips.

 

Default and Framework 33 Part-Time Limited Access Scallop Access Area Allocations

Rotational access area

Possession limit

April 1, 2021

Framework 33

(if approved)

Closed Area II or Nantucket Lightship-South-Deep

14,400 lb

0 lb

14,400 lb

Mid-Atlantic

14,400 lb

7,200 lb

14,400 lb

Total

 

7,200 lb

28,800 lb

 

Fishing Year 2020 Access Area Carryover

Beginning April 1, 2021, and through the first 60 days of the fishing year, limited access vessels may fish their remaining unharvested 2020 access area scallop allocation in any of the 2020 areas (i.e., Closed Area 2, Nantucket Lightship-North, Nantucket Lightship-South-Deep, and MAAA). These trips must begin no later than May 30, 2021.  After that date, any unused 2020 access area allocation expires.

Crew Limits

Limited access vessels are restricted to eight individuals (10 individuals in Nantucket Lightship-South-Deep), including the captain. Limited access vessels fishing in the small dredge program are limited to six individuals (8 individuals in Nantucket Lightship-South-Deep), including the captain. Crew limits for vessels on open area trips remain at seven individuals and five individuals for small dredge vessels.

Limited Access Open Area Days at Sea (DAS) Allocations

The table below includes the default DAS allocations for limited access vessels that become effective April 1, 2021, along with the allocations under Framework 33 that, if adopted, would replace the April 1, 2021, measures

 

 

April 1, 2021

Framework 33 (if approved)

Full-Time

18

24.0

Part-Time

7.2

9.6

 *Allocations exclude carryover DAS

Note: You cannot exceed the April 1, 2021, DAS allocations unless and until we approve and implement Framework 33.

Fishing year 2020 DAS Carryover

At midnight on April 1, 2021, all limited access vessel (both full- and part-time) will switch over to 2021 default DAS allocations. Vessels can carryover a maximum of 10 DAS from 2020.  At midnight, vessels will lose any DAS exceeding this 10 DAS limit.  All other DAS will be added to the 2021 DAS allocation.

Shell Stock Restrictions

  • Vessels cannot possess more than 50 bu of in-shell scallops shoreward of the Vessel Monitoring System demarcation line.
  • A vessel declared into the Scallop Access Area Program may not possess more than 50 bu of in-shell scallops outside of the access area.

Northern Gulf of Maine (NGOM) Vessels

The table below includes the default NGOM total allowable catches (TAC) that becomes effective April 1, 2021, along with the NGOM TACs under Framework 33 that, if adopted, would replace the April 1, 2021, measures. 

Surveys in the NGOM showed biomass lower than what the Council had originally projected when setting default measures for 2021 (Framework 32). Because of this, LAGC portion of the NGOM TAC in Framework 33 (119,222 lb) is lower than the default TAC (165,000 lb). If the NGOM fleet exceeds the Framework 33 TAC before the framework is implemented, any overage would result in a pound-for-pound accountability measure being triggered for the NGOM fishery in a future year.

 

Fleet

April 1, 2021 TAC

Framework 33 TAC

LAGC

167,500 lb

119,222 lb

Limited access

97,500 lb

52,500 lb

Total

265,000 lb

171,722 lb

 

Measures for Limited Access and LAGC Scallop Vessels

Turtle Deflector Dredge (TDD) and Turtle Chain Mat Requirements

All scallop vessels, except LAGC vessels using a dredge less than 10 feet 6 inches wide, must use a TDD in the Mid-Atlantic. In addition, all scallop vessels must use turtle chain mats. The season and area for both of these requirements is from May 1 through November 30 each year west of 71° W. long.

Industry-Funded Observer Set-Aside Compensation

The industry-funded observer program covers limited access vessels and LAGC IFQ vessels fishing in both open areas and in access areas.  We will provide the observer compensation rates for each of these at a later date.  The 2020 observer compensation rates apply until further notice.

Call-In and Survival Craft Requirements

Please read the following letters regarding important information and updates.

Survival Craft Requirements Regarding Capacity

Industry Funded Scallop Program Call-In Requirements

Industry Funded Scallop Call-In Guide

Last updated by Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office on March 24, 2021