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Interim Final Rule Implementing 2023-2025 Atlantic Herring Fishery Specifications

NOAA Fisheries is implementing herring fishery specifications for 2023-2025, effective March 23, 2023. This action also makes several additional revisions to herring regulations.
March 22, 2023 -

NOAA Fisheries Announces Preliminary 2023 At-Sea Monitoring Coverage Target for Groundfish Sector Fishery

NOAA Fisheries announces a preliminary at-sea monitoring coverage target for fishing year 2023 of 90 percent of all groundfish sector trips subject to the at-sea monitoring program.
March 16, 2023 -

Reminder: Atlantic Herring Industry-Funded Monitoring Program Suspended Beginning in April 2023

Industry-funded monitoring program coverage will not be assigned to herring vessels. Effective April 1, 2023.
March 09, 2023 -

Framework Adjustment 17 to the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan, and Framework Adjustment 6 to the Bluefish Fishery Management Plan

NOAA approves a new process for setting recreational management measures for summer flounder, scup, black sea bass, and bluefish.
March 08, 2023 -

Federal Lobster Permit Holders: Lobster Trap Tag Ordering Instructions

If you intend to fish for lobsters in federal waters with trap gear during the 2023 fishing year, you must renew your federal lobster permit and order lobster trap tags.
February 15, 2023 -

Omega Electronic Mesh Measurement Gauge Method for Measuring Net Mesh Size

This rule modifies regulations to add the Omega net mesh measurement gauge as a permissible device for net mesh measurement and to correct regulatory references to gear restrictions.
February 03, 2023 -

Amendment 23 to the Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fishery Management Plan

NOAA Fisheries is approving and implementing Amendment 23 effective February 1, 2023.
January 31, 2023 -

Emergency Closure for Trap/Pot Fisheries: Area Between Massachusetts State Waters and Federal Waters within the Massachusetts Restricted Area for February 1- April 30, 2023

Fishermen must remove all trap/pot gear from this area by February 1 and not set new gear in this area before May 1, 2023
January 31, 2023 -

Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery: Closure of the 2022 Closed Area 1 Access Area for Limited Access General Category Individual Fishing Quota Vessels

The Closed Area I Scallop Access Area is closed to all federally permitted Limited Access General Category (LAGC) vessels effective 0001 hr on January 14, 2023.
January 13, 2023 -

Adjustments to Fishing Year 2022 Specifications for the Northeast Multispecies Fishery

Today we are announcing, through a final rule, the amount of allocation each sector may carry over from fishing year 2021 to fishing year 2022, which ends April 30, 2023.
January 13, 2023 -