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Extension of Emergency Regulations to Address Overfishing of North Atlantic Shortfin Mako Sharks

NOAA Fisheries announces the extension of an emergency interim final rule originally implemented on March 2, 2018, to address overfishing of North Atlantic shortfin mako sharks. These measures, which are unchanged from the original emergency rule, will be effective through March 3, 2019. These...
Published
2018-08-21

Illex Squid Directed Fishery Closure: Effective August 15, 2018

Beginning August 15, 2018, through December 31, 2018, Federal Illex squid vessel permit holders are prohibited from fishing for, catching, possessing, transferring or landing more than 10,000 lb (4,535 kg) on Illex squid per trip per calendar day. This prohibition is effective when NMFS projects that...
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Effective
2018-08-15

2018 Commercial Quota Harvested for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

NOAA Fisheries announces that the 2018 summer flounder commercial quota allocated to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has been harvested. Vessels issued a commercial federal fisheries permit for the summer flounder fishery may not land summer flounder in Massachusetts for the remainder of calendar...
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Effective
2018-08-14

Comment Period Open on Proposed Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Commercial Accountability Measure Modifications

NOAA Fisheries proposes modifications to the commercial summer flounder, scup, and black sea bass accountability measures, as recommended by the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council. The proposed change would adjust the accountability measures based on the status of the stocks. This rule is intended...
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Published
2018-08-09

Amendment 116 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the BSAI

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council has submitted Amendment 116 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the BSAI to the Secretary of Commerce for review. If approved, Amendment 116 would limit access to the BSAI Trawl Limited Access Sector yellowfin sole directed fishery by vessels...
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Comments Close
2018-07-17

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 fishery to control overfishing while allowing optimum...
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Effective
2018-06-14

Fisheries of the Northeastern United States: Monkfish Fishery; 2018 Monkfish Specifications

We are implementing specifications for the 2018 monkfish fishery, including total allowable landings limits, trip limits, and day-at-sea limits. This action is necessary to ensure allowable monkfish harvest levels that will prevent overfishing and allow harvesting of optimum yield. This action is intended...
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Effective
2018-06-04

Amendment 2 to the FMP for Fish Resources of the Arctic Management Area (Arctic FMP)

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) submitted Amendment 115 to the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area, Amendment 105 to the FMP for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska, Amendment 49 to the FMP for Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands...
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Comments Close
2018-05-04

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 the goals and objectives of the Northeast Multispecies...
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Effective
2018-05-01

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 control overfishing while allowing optimum yield....
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Comments Close
2018-04-27