Northeast Multispecies Management Plan

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Interim Final Rule; Fishing Year 2020 Recreational Management Measures for the Northeast Multispecies Fishery

This rule sets fishing year 2020 recreational management measures for Gulf of Maine *(GOM) cod and haddock. This action is necessary to respond to updated catch and other scientific information. The measures are intended to ensure the recreational…
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Effective
08/13/2020

Framework Adjustment 59 to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan

This action approves and implements Framework Adjustment 59 to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan. This rule sets or adjusts catch limits for 19 of the 20 multispecies (groundfish) stocks and makes minor changes to groundfish management…
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Effective
07/28/2020

Northeast Multispecies Measures for Fishing Year 2020

This action implements measures for the Northeast multispecies fishery for the 2020 fishing year. This action is necessary to ensure that the Northeast multispecies common pool fishery may achieve the optimum yield for the relevant stocks, while…
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Effective
05/01/2020

Possession and Trip Limit Increases for the Northeast Multispecies (New England Groundfish) Common Pool Fishery

This action increases the possession and trip limits of Georges Bank cod, Gulf of Maine cod, Gulf of Maine haddock, Cape Cod/Gulf of Maine yellowtail flounder, American plaice, and witch flounder for Northeast multispecies common pool vessels for the…
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Effective
03/23/2020

2019 Southern Red Hake Possession Limit Reduction

Effective at 1615 hours on February 3, 2020, the southern red hake commercial possession limit has been reduced from 5,000 lb to the incidental limit of 400 lb per trip. As of January 14, 2020, landings data shows that the fishery will reach the 90…
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Effective
02/03/2020

Closure of the Regular B Days-at-Sea Program for the Remainder of Fishing Year 2019

This action closes the Regular B Days-at-Sea Program and prohibits the use of Regular B Days-at-Sea for all Northeast multispecies vessels for the remainder of fishing year 2019, through April 30, 2020. This action is being taken because the common pool…
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Effective
12/16/2019

2019 Northern Red Hake Possession Limit Reduction

This action reduces the commercial per-trip possession limit for northern red hake for the remainder of the 2019 fishing year. Regulations governing the small-mesh multispecies fishery require this action because the northern red hake fishery is…
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Effective
09/09/2019

Correction: Common Pool Gulf of Maine Winter Flounder Trip Limit

We are correcting a temporary rule that implemented measures for Northeast multispecies common pool vessels for the 2019 fishing year. These measures included possession and trip limits and the allocation of zero trips into the Closed Area II Yellowtail…
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Effective
05/10/2019

Northeast Multispecies Fishery; Common Pool Measures for Fishing Year 2019

This action implements measures for Northeast multispecies common pool vessels for the 2019 fishing year. This action is necessary to ensure that the Northeast multispecies common pool fishery may achieve the optimum yield (OY) for the relevant stocks,…
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Effective
05/01/2019

Northeast Multispecies Fishery: Witch Flounder Trimester Total Allowable Catch Area Closure for the Common Pool Fishery

This action closes the Witch Flounder Trimester Total Allowable Catch Area to Northeast multispecies common pool vessels fishing with trawl gear through April 30, 2019. The closure is required because the common pool fishery is projected to have caught…
Effective
04/12/2019

Adjustment of Georges Bank and Southern New England/Mid-Atlantic Yellowtail Flounder Annual Catch Limits

This action transfers unused quota of Georges Bank and Southern New England/Mid-Atlantic yellowtail flounder from the Atlantic scallop fishery to the Northeast multispecies fishery for the remainder of the 2018 fishing year. This quota transfer is…
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Effective
03/21/2019

Gulf of Maine Cod and Witch Flounder Trip Limit Increases for the Common Pool Fishery

This action increases the possession and trip limits of Gulf of Maine cod and witch flounder for Northeast multispecies common pool vessels for the remainder of the 2019 fishing year, in order to provide the common pool fishery greater opportunity to…
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Effective
03/13/2019

Small-Mesh Multispecies Fishery: Inseason Adjustment to the Northern Red Hake Possession Limit

This action reduces that the commercial per-trip possession limit for northern red hake for the remainder of the 2018 fishing year. Regulations governing the small-mesh multispecies fishery require this action because the northern red hake fishery is…
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Effective
02/27/2019

Northeast Multispecies Fishery Approved Monitoring Service Providers

NOAA Fisheries has approved four companies to provide Northeast multispecies sector at-sea monitoring services in fishing years 2019 and 2020. Regulations implementing the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan require at-sea monitoring…
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Published
02/01/2019

Small-Mesh Multispecies Fishery: Inseason Adjustment to the Southern Red Hake Possession Limit

NOAA Fisheries announces that the commercial per-trip possession limit for southern red hake has been reduced for the remainder of the 2018 fishing year. Regulations governing the small-mesh multispecies fishery require this action to prevent the…
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Effective
12/26/2018

Georges Bank Cod Trip Limit Adjustment for the Common Pool Fishery

This action adjusts the possession and trip limits of Georges Bank cod for Northeast multispecies common pool vessels for the remainder of the 2018 fishing year, in order to ensure that the common pool fishery is able to harvest, but not exceed, its…
Effective
11/29/2018

Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; 2018-2020 Small-Mesh Multispecies Specifications

NMFS proposes small-mesh multispecies specifications for fishing years 2018-2020 and corrects a regulatory error from a previous rulemaking action. The specifications are intended to establish allowable catch limits for each stock within the fishery to…
Effective
04/27/2018

Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan: Control Date for Northeast Multispecies Charter/Party Fishery

This notice announces a new control date that may be used to determine future participation in the Northeast multispecies charter/party fishery. This notice is necessary to inform interested parties that the New England Fishery Management Council is…
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04/18/2018

Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act Provisions; Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Northeast Multispecies Fishery;

This action proposes approval of, and regulations to implement, Framework Adjustment 57 to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan. This rule would set 2018-2020 catch limits for 20 multispecies (groundfish) stocks, adjust allocations for…
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04/06/2018

Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Northeast Multispecies Fishery; Fishing Year 2018 Recreational Management Measures

NMFS proposes to set 2018 recreational management measures for Gulf of Maine cod and haddock and Georges Bank cod. This action is necessary to respond to updated catch and other scientific information. The proposed measures are intended to ensure the…
Comments Close
04/06/2018

Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Northeast Multispecies Fishery; Adjustment of Southern New England/Mid-Atlantic Yellowtail Flounder Catch

This action transfers unused quota of Southern New England/Mid-Atlantic yellowtail flounder from the Atlantic sea scallop fishery to the Northeast multispecies fishery for the remainder of the 2017 fishing year. This transfer implements an inseason…
Effective
03/21/2018

Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act Provisions; Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Northeast Groundfish Fishery;

This rule extends the emergency action to remove the 2017 southern windowpane flounder accountability measures (AM) for non-groundfish trawl vessels. The rule is necessary because the emergency measures would otherwise expire before the end of the 2017…
Effective
03/01/2018

New England Fisheries Current Rulemaking

We are in the process of migrating the Greater Atlantic Fisheries Rules and Regulations to this website. During the transition, please visit our Federal Register Actions page to find our current regulations.
12/31/2017

Removal of Regulations Implementing the Closed Area I Hook Gear Haddock Special Access Program

This action removes regulations that implement the Closed Area I Hook Gear Haddock Special Access Program. The Omnibus Essential Fish Habitat Amendment 2 eliminated the year-round Closed Area I, rendering the Closed Area I Hook Gear Haddock Special…
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Published
07/22/2020

2019 and 2020 Sector Operations Plans and 2019/2020 Allocation of Northeast Multispecies Annual Catch Entitlements

This rule approves Northeast multispecies sector operations plans and grants regulatory exemptions for fishing years 2019 and 2020, approves the formation of a new sector, and allocates annual catch entitlements to approved sectors for fishing year 2019…
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Effective
05/01/2020

Framework Adjustment 58 to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan

This action approves and implements Framework Adjustment 58 to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan. This rule sets 2019–2020 catch limits for seven of the 20 multispecies (groundfish) stocks, implements new or revised rebuilding plans for…
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Effective
07/18/2019

Final Action to Close Nantucket Lightship and Closed Area I Closure Areas to Gillnet Gear

On October 28, 2019, Federal District Court Judge James E. Boasberg issued an Order and Opinion on a lawsuit challenging a portion of the New England Fishery Management Council’s Omnibus Essential Fish Habitat Amendment 2. The Order prohibits NOAA…
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Effective
12/17/2018

Approval of New Gear under Small-Mesh Fisheries Accountability Measures for Northeast Multispecies Fishery

NOAA Fisheries approves new selective trawl gear for use in several non-groundfish fisheries when subject to the Georges Bank yellowtail flounder accountability measure. The large-mesh belly panel reduces bycatch of groundfish species, while allowing…
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Effective
04/06/2020

Expansion of the Scallop Dredge Exemption Areas under the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan

NOAA Fisheries is implementing modifications to the regulations implementing the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan to allow vessels issued a limited access general category individual fishing quota sea scallop permit to fish for scallops…
Effective
02/14/2020

Northeast Multispecies Fishery: Fishing Year 2019 Recreational Management Measures

The 2019 Gulf of Maine cod and haddock recreational management measures have changed. We are opening a 2-week season (September 15-30) for Gulf of Maine cod, the possession limit will be 1 fish per person, and the minimum size will be 21 inches. We are…
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Effective
07/05/2019

Updated Groundfish Annual Catch Limits for Sectors and the Common Pool for Fishing Year 2018

Under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA), this final rule adjusts the 2018 fishing year allocations to sectors and the common pool specified in Framework Adjustment 57 to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan…
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Published
02/05/2019

Fisheries of the Northeastern United States: 2018-2020 Small-Mesh Multispecies Specifications

NOAA Fisheries issues final 2018 and projected 2019-2020 specifications for the small-mesh multispecies fishery, and corrects an error from a previous action. The specifications are necessary to establish allowable catch limits for each stock within the…
Effective
06/14/2018

Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Northeast Multispecies Fishery; Fishing Year 2018 Recreational Management Measures

This action adjusts recreational management measures for Georges Bank cod and maintains status quo measures for Gulf of Maine cod and haddock for the 2018 fishing year. This action is necessary to respond to updated scientific information and to achieve…
Effective
05/01/2018

Omnibus Essential Fish Habitat Amendment 2

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…
Effective
04/09/2018

Last updated by Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office on 07/29/2020