Monkfish Fishery Management Plan Framework Adjustment 12

September 16, 2020

Effective: October 19, 2020

NOAA Fisheries approved Framework Adjustment 12 to the Monkfish Fishery Management Plan. This action sets quotas for fishing year 2020 (May 1, 2020 through April 30, 2021) and projects quotas for fishing years 2021 and 2022.

Framework 12 Specification

Catch Limits

Northern Area

Southern Area

2020-2022 Specs (mt)

% Change from 2019

2020-2022 Specs (mt)

% Change from 2019

Acceptable Biological Catch

8,351

10

12,316

0

Annual Catch Limit

8,351

10

12,316

0

Management Uncertainty

3%

-

3%

-

Annual Catch Target (Total Allowable Landings + discards)

8,101

10

11,947

0

Discards

1,477

-

6,065

107

Total Allowable Landings

6,624

5

5,882

-35

 

No changes are being made to day-at-sea allocations or possession limits.

This rule also includes two regulatory clarifications:

  1. To the interactive voice response system, requiring vessels to call in a trip no more than an hour in advance of leaving port.
  2. To the monkfish whole weight incidental possessions limits in the Northeast multispecies exempted fisheries, applying the current tail-to-whole-weight (landed) conversion factor of 2.91.

Last updated by Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office on September 16, 2020