Northeast Multispecies (Groundfish)
The Northeast multispecies (groundfish) complex consists of 13 species:
- Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua)
- Haddock (Melanogrammus aeglefinus)
- Yellowtail flounder (Limanda ferruginea)
- Pollock (Pollachius virens)
- American plaice (Hippoglossoides platessoides)
- Witch flounder (Glyptocephalus cynoglossus)
- White hake (Urophycis tenuis)
- Windowpane flounder (Scophthalmus aquosus)
- Winter flounder (Pseudopleuronectes americanus)
- Acadian redfish (Sebastes fasciatus)
- Atlantic halibut (Hippoglossus hippoglossus)
- Atlantic wolffish (Anarhichas lupus)
- Ocean pout (Macrozoarces americanus)
Groundfish are distributed throughout the Greater Atlantic region, from Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, to the U.S./Canada border. Some species of groundfish are typically found on (flounders) or near (cod, haddock) the seafloor, while others (redfish, white hake) may only spend a portion of their time near the bottom of the ocean.
The majority of the groundfish that are landed in the Greater Atlantic Region are harvested in the Gulf of Maine and on Georges Bank. Fishermen primarily use bottom trawl, sink gillnet, and hook gear to target groundfish. Historically, many of the vessels that actively fish for groundfish have hailed from ports from New Jersey to Maine. Atlantic cod, haddock, and yellowtail flounder have traditionally been the highest-value groundfish species.
Last updated by Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office on 09/26/2019
Recreational Fishing Regulations
Northeast multispecies (groundfish) species, including Atlantic cod and haddock, are highly prized by recreational fishermen. To manage recreational catch, both private and charter/party vessels are subject to regulations which include minimum fish size and possession limits.
Be sure to check these regulations frequently to confirm seasonal changes in possession limits, closed areas, and other restrictions.
The following measures apply to private recreational fishing vessels in the exclusive economic zone (typically 3–200 nautical miles from shore), federal charter/party permitted vessels, and federal groundfish limited access permitted vessels fishing under the charter/party or recreational regulations (not fishing under a groundfish day-at-sea or on a sector trip).
Federal Minimum Fish Sizes and Possession Limits for Recreational and Charter/Party Vessels
|Species||Possession Limit||Minimum fish Size2 (inches)||Maximum fish Size2 (inches)||Open Season|
|Atlantic cod||Inside GOM RMA1||1 fish per person per day||22||N/A||September 1 - October 31|
|Outside GOM RMA1||5 fish per person per day||23||N/A||May 1 - 31, September 1 - April 30|
|Haddock||Inside GOM RMA1||Private Anglers: 10 fish per person per day||Private Anglers: 17||N/A||May 1 - February 28/29, April 1-April 30|
|For Hire: 15 fish per person per day||For Hire: 18||N/A|
|Outside GOM RMA1||Unlimited||18||N/A||All Year|
|Atlantic halibut||1 fish per vessel per trip||41||N/A||All Year|
|Witch flounder (gray sole)||Unlimited||14||N/A||All Year|
|Yellowtail flounder||Unlimited||13||N/A||All Year|
|American plaice (dab)||Unlimited||14||N/A||All Year|
|Winter flounder (blackback)||Unlimited||12||N/A||All Year|
|Redfish (ocean perch)||Unlimited||9||N/A||All Year|
|Offshore hake, red hake, white hake, and silver hake (whiting)||Unlimited||None||N/A||All Year|
|Atlantic wolffish, windowpane flounder, ocean pout||NO RETENTION||N/A||N/A||CLOSED|
1Gulf of Maine (GOM) Regulated Mesh Area (RMA): See figure and coordinates below.
2Minimum size is measured as total length.
Regulated Mesh Areas
The Gulf of Maine Regulated Mesh Area is bounded on the east and south by a line connecting the following points:
1The intersection of the shoreline and the U.S.-Canada Maritime Boundary.
2The intersection of the Cape Cod, Massachusetts, coastline and 42°00' N. lat.
Fishing Regulations that Apply to All Recreational Fishing Vessels
Federal and State Regulations
State recreational fishing regulations may differ from the federal regulations. Please consult with your state to determine its regulations. When federal and state regulations both apply, vessels are bound by the most restrictive requirements.
Restrictions on Sale
Groundfish caught on a recreational trip may not be sold. It is unlawful to sell, barter, trade, or otherwise transfer for a commercial purpose, or to attempt to sell, barter, trade, or otherwise transfer for a commercial purpose, groundfish caught or landed by recreational fishing vessels fishing in the exclusive economic zone, or charter/party vessels not fishing under a day-at-sea.
Each angler is limited to one line. There is no limit to the number of hooks per line. All other fishing gear must be properly stowed as described in the regulations.
- Fillets, or parts of fish, must have at least 2 square inches of contiguous skin that allows for identification of fish species, while possessed on board and at the time of landing.
- Vessels may possess fillets less than the minimum fish size specified if the fillets are taken from legal-sized fish.
- For purposes of counting fish, fillets will be converted to whole fish at the place of landing by dividing the number of fillets by two. If fish are filleted into a single (butterfly) fillet, such fillet shall be deemed to be from one whole fish.
- When there are multiple people onboard a vessel compliance with the possession limits will be determined by dividing the number of fish on board by the number of persons aboard. If there is a violation of a possession limit on board a vessel carrying more than one person, the violation shall be deemed to have been committed by the owner or operator.
- Cod and haddock must be stored so as to be readily available for inspection.
- During multiple-day trips, a vessel may possess the daily limit up to the number of calendar days fished. Any trip covering 2 calendar days must be at least 15 hours in duration. The possession limit for the second day may be possessed only after the second calendar day begins, and the same applies for each additional day. For example, a vessel on a 2-day trip could not be in possession of more than 15 Gulf of Maine haddock, per person, on the first day of the trip.
Fishing Regulations that Apply to Charter/Party Vessels ONLY
Charter/party vessels without a limited access groundfish permit that fish for or possess groundfish in the exclusive economic zone must obtain an open access groundfish charter/party permit (Category I). Vessels with a limited access groundfish permit do not need to obtain a charter/party permit. Such vessels, when fishing under the charter/party rules, must stow all fishing gear except rod & reel or handline gear unless further restricted by a closed area Letter of Authorization described below, and must abide by the restrictions on sale described above.
All groundfish charter/party vessels are required to submit a vessel trip report to the Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office for each trip. You are not required to submit a “Did Not Fish” vessel trip report for weeks that you do not fish.
Charter/Party Vessel Letter of Authorization to Fish in Closed Areas
Vessels fishing under charter/party regulations may not fish in the Gulf of Maine Cod Protection Closures, Spring Massachusetts Bay Spawning Protection Area, Cashes Ledge Closed Area, or the Western Gulf of Maine Closed Area unless the vessel has on board the appropriate Letter of Authorization issued by the Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office. Restrictions apply, as stated in the Letter of Authorization. Letters of Authorization are available upon request by calling the Regional Office at (978) 281-9370. Additional details on closed areas are available on the groundfish closed areas page.
Last updated by Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office on 07/15/2022.
Commercial Fishing Regulations
Northeast multispecies (groundfish) have been harvested commercially in the Northeast for more than 400 years. To manage commercial catch, commercial fishing vessels are subject to a variety of regulations including minimum fish sizes, possession limits, days-at-sea restrictions, and quotas. This page provides a brief overview of some of the federal regulations that apply to federally permitted commercial groundfish vessels operating in the U.S. exclusive economic zone (typically 3–200 nautical miles from shore). Implementing regulations for the Northeast groundfish fishery are located at 50 CFR part 648.
In 2010, Amendment 16 to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan implemented a system of catch share management called the sector program. Under this system, limited access groundfish permit holders have the option to join a sector or fish in common pool during each fishing year. A sector is a self-governing group of permit holders that operates similarly to a harvest cooperative.
Every year, each sector receives an allocation, or annual catch entitlement, for 15 groundfish stocks. A sector’s annual catch entitlement for a stock represents the percentage of that stock’s annual catch limit that the members of that sector are permitted to jointly harvest during a given fishing year. Each sector’s annual catch entitlement is based on the collective fishing history of all the permits that are enrolled in the sector.
Every limited access permit is assigned a potential sector contribution based on the fishing history attached to that permit. A permit’s potential sector contribution represents the percentage of the total annual catch limit for an allocated groundfish stock that the permit contributes to a sectors quota for a fishing year.
When a limited access permit is enrolled in a sector, the potential sector contribution attached to that permit is pooled with the potential sector contribution attached to all of the other permits enrolled in that sector; collectively, this allocation is known as a sector’s annual catch entitlement. Members of a sector are jointly responsible for ensuring that their sector does not exceed its allocation for any stock within a given fishing year.
Sector members are exempt from many of the input controls that are in place regulating the groundfish fishery, but they are also subject to additional monitoring and administrative requirements. For a broad overview the regulations governing the sector portion of the fleet, please visit the sector management page.
For more information about the sectors and exemptions that are approved for the current fishing year, please visit the current fishing year sectors page.
Common Pool Regulations
Permit holders that choose not to join a sector remain in the common pool. Fishing effort in the common pool is still primarily regulated using input controls such as days-at-sea restrictions, trip limits, and gear restrictions. For more information about the regulations governing the common pool, please visit the common pool page.
A vessel holding a federal groundfish permit may not fish for, possess, or land Atlantic wolffish, ocean pout, or windowpane flounder.
Federal Commercial Minimum Fish Sizes
All commercial fishing vessels are subject to the following minimum fish sizes:
Minimum Fish Sizes for Commercial Vessels
Minimum Size1 (inches)
Witch flounder (gray sole)
American plaice (dab)
Winter flounder (blackback)
Redfish (ocean perch)
1Minimum size is measured as total length.
Minimum fish sizes apply to whole fish or to any part of a fish while possessed on board a vessel and to whole, whole-gutted, or gilled fish only after landing. However, each person aboard a vessel may possess up to 25 pounds of fillets as long as they came from legal-sized fish exclusively for personal consumption. In order to meet minimum size requirements, fillets or parts of fish must have all the skin still attached while possessed on board a vessel and when they are landed.
Closures & Closed Areas
Effective at 0001 hours on May 1, 2022, the Regular B Days-at-Sea (DAS) program closed for the remainder of fishing year 2022, through April 30, 2023. During this closure, Northeast multispecies vessels may not declare or use regular B days-at-sea.
For more information, see the bulletin for the closure.
There are a number of year-round and seasonal closure areas that apply to sector and/or common pool vessels. For more information about these closures, please visit the groundfish closed areas page.
Commercial Gear Requirements
The groundfish management unit is divided into four regulated mesh areas: Gulf of Maine, Georges Bank, Southern New England, and Mid-Atlantic.
Reporting Commercial Catch
Vessel Trip Reports
Owners/operators of vessels holding a federal groundfish permit must submit vessel trip reports electronically using approved electronic vessel trip report software. eVTRs must be complete to the extent possible prior to entering port and submitted within 48 hours of offloading fish. For more information about trip reporting, and to see a list of approved electronic vessel trip report software applications, please visit the Greater Atlantic Region vessel trip reporting page.
Vessel Monitoring Systems
The following vessels are required to have an operational vessel monitoring system unit installed on board:
- Limited access groundfish vessels that fish or intend to fish under a Northeast multispecies Category A or B day-at-sea;
- Limited access multispecies vessels that catch regulated species or ocean pout while on a sector trip; or
- Common pool limited access Small Vessel Category (Category C) or Handgear A (Category HA) vessels fishing in multiple broad stock areas on the same trip.
Vessel monitoring system units must report a vessel’s position at least once per hour, for 24 hours a day, 365 days per year, unless otherwise exempted. If a vessel holds additional permits that require 30 minute vessel monitoring system reporting (e.g., a limited access Atlantic sea scallop permit), that vessel must abide by the most restrictive reporting rate. For more information about vessel monitoring system requirements, or to learn more about exemptions or power down letters of authorization, please visit the Greater Atlantic Region vessel monitoring system page.
Other Reporting Requirements
In some situations, a vessel holding a federal groundfish permit is required to report via the interactive voice response system instead of through a vessel monitoring system. These situations include:
- Common pool vessels holding a Handgear A (Category HA) permit that intend to fish in a single broad stock area on a trip;
- Common pool vessels holding a Small Vessel Category (Category C) permit that intend to fish in a single broad stock area on a trip;
- Sector vessels holding a Handgear A (Category HA) permit that intend to fish in a single broad stock area on a trip, and that are enrolled in a sector with an approved vessel monitoring system exemption;
- Vessels that fish entirely inside of the vessel monitoring system demarcation line during a trip;
- Vessels that fish inside and outside of the vessel monitoring system demarcation line during a trip and that have declared out of the fishery via vessel monitoring system;
- Vessels without a vessel monitoring system requirement that are fishing under an Exempted Fishing Permit; or
- Common pool vessels that are reporting a block of time out of the fishery (e.g., a Handgear B vessel declaring its 20-day spawning block).
All vessels reporting via the interactive voice response system must report their trip start time less than 1 hour prior to departing the dock, and they must report their trip end time upon returning to the dock. For more information about the interactive voice response system, please visit the Greater Atlantic Region vessel trip reporting page.
Additionally, all federally permitted vessels are obligated to carry a Northeast Fishery Observer Program observer if randomly selected for coverage by NOAA Fisheries. Sector vessels are also obligated to carry an at-sea monitor if selected for coverage by NOAA Fisheries. For more information about the Northeast Fishery Observer Program, please visit the Northeast Fisheries Observer Program page. For more information about at-sea monitoring, please visit the at-sea monitoring page.
Subsistence Fishing Regulations
The Northeast multispecies (groundfish) fishery is managed jointly by the New England Fishery Management Council and NOAA Fisheries under the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan (Plan). The Plan uses a variety of management tools, including days-at-sea restrictions, time and area closures, special management programs, and the Northeast multispecies sector management system to manage the fishery.
The groundfish fishing year runs from May 1 through April 30. For example, fishing year 2010 ran from May 1, 2010, to April 30, 2011.
Thirteen groundfish species are managed under the Plan. Collectively, this aggregation of species is known as the Northeast multispecies or groundfish complex. The groundfish complex comprises 20 distinct stocks:
- Gulf of Maine cod
- Georges Bank cod
- Gulf of Maine haddock
- Georges Bank haddock
- Georges Bank yellowtail flounder
- Southern New England/Mid-Atlantic yellowtail flounder
- Cape Cod/Gulf of Maine yellowtail flounder
- American plaice
- Witch flounder
- Georges Bank winter flounder
- Gulf of Maine winter flounder
- Southern New England/Mid-Atlantic winter flounder
- Acadian redfish
- White hake
- Northern windowpane flounder
- Southern windowpane flounder
- Ocean pout
- Atlantic halibut
- Atlantic wolffish
The majority of these stocks are managed solely by the New England Fishery Management Council and NOAA Fisheries. However, the three transboundary Georges Bank stocks (Georges Bank cod, haddock, and yellowtail flounder) are managed jointly with Canadian authorities under the U.S./Canada Resource Sharing Understanding.
In order to harvest regulated groundfish in federal waters, fishermen must possess a federal groundfish permit. There are currently 10 federal groundfish permit categories; six of these categories are limited access permits:
- Category A – day-at-sea
- Category C – small vessel category exemption
- Category D – hook gear days-at-sea
- Category E – combination vessel
- Category F – large mesh individual days-at-sea
- Category HA – handgear A
Limited access permits are only issued to vessels that previously held them, or to approved replacements of those vessels. Therefore, a vessel owner wishing to obtain a limited access permit must acquire an existing permit from another permit holder.
The four remaining groundfish permit categories are open access permits:
- Category HB – handgear B
- Category I – charter/party
- Category J – scallop multispecies possession limit
- Category K – open access multispecies
Eligible vessel owners may apply for new open access permits through the Greater Atlantic Region Permit Office. For more information on permit types and application requirements, please visit our groundfish permits page.
Commercial Fishery Programs
The commercial fishery for groundfish is divided into two programs. The common pool fishery is primarily managed using input controls such as days-at-sea restrictions, trip limits, and gear restrictions. The sector program is a type of catch share program. Fishermen in the sector program are exempt from several regulations that apply to common pool fishermen. Prior to the beginning of each fishing year, limited access permit holders are given the option to enroll in a sector. Permit holders that choose not to join a sector remain in the common pool. Since 2010, the majority of limited access permits have been enrolled annually in sectors. For more information about sector management, please visit the sector management page. For more information about common pool management, please visit the common pool page.
This list contains a brief summary of selected management actions in the groundfish fishery. For more information about these actions, or to learn more about additional actions not mentioned in this list, please visit the New England Fishery Management Council's groundfish page.
- 1976 – the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) is enacted to conserve and manage fishery resources in U.S. federal waters
- 1977 – NOAA Fisheries and the New England Fishery Management Council implement a joint groundfish plan that relies on hard quotas to manage Atlantic cod, haddock, and yellowtail flounder
- 1982 – the Interim Groundfish Plan replaces the joint groundfish plan and implements mesh size restrictions and minimum fish sizes to regulate fishing mortality
- 1986 – the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan replaces the Interim Groundfish Plan and establishes biological targets to maximize spawning potential of groundfish stocks
- 1987 – Amendment 1 revises the silver hake exempted fishery area, revises the large mesh area, and strengthens existing mesh size regulations
- 1989 – Amendment 2 cancels a scheduled increase in codend minimum mesh size requirements and implements a suite of additional effort control regulations
- 1989 – Amendment 3 creates the Flexible Areas Action System
- 1991 – Amendment 4 adds 3 species (silver hake, ocean pout, and red hake) to the groundfish management plan, implements small mesh regulations, and creates a process for the Council to recommend alterations to shrimp fishing gear
- 1993 – Amendment 5 establishes a moratorium on new groundfish permits, implements a days-at-sea effort reduction program, creates additional gear restrictions, implements minimum fish size restrictions, and creates a mandatory landings reporting system
- 1996 – The Sustainable Fisheries Act revises the Magnuson-Stevens Act, introducing additional requirements designed to prevent overfishing, rebuild overfished stocks, and protect essential fish habitat
- 1996 – Amendment 7 establishes target total allowable catches for regulated species, expedites the days-at-sea effort reduction program, introduces new closed areas, creates additional limited access and open access permit categories, imposes new recreational fishing regulations, and establishes the Nantucket Shoals dogfish exempted fishery
- 1997 – Framework Adjustment 20 sets Atlantic cod trip limits for vessels fishing north of 42°00’N , increases trip limits for Georges Bank haddock, implements additional gillnet restrictions, and modifies and adds several exempted fisheries
- 1998 – Framework Adjustment 24 adjusts the Atlantic cod trip limit days-at-sea provisions, enables active vessels to carry over up to 10 unused days-at-sea into the next fishing year, and implements additional regulatory exemptions for vessels fishing in the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization Regulatory Area
- 1998 – Framework Adjustment 25 implements a suite of measures intended to reduce fishing effort on Gulf of Maine cod, including a reduced Gulf of Maine cod trip limit, additional area closures in the Gulf of Maine, and an increased Georges Bank haddock trip limit
- 1998 – Framework Adjustment 26 modifies the April Gulf of Maine Inshore Closure Area and adds additional inshore and offshore closures in February to protect spawning cod
- 1999 – Amendment 9 specifies optimum yield for regulated species and adds Atlantic halibut to the groundfish management plan
- 1999 – Framework Adjustment 27 implements Georges Bank cod possession limits and authorizes the Regional Administrator to make in-season adjustments to these possession limits to prevent catch from exceeding the target total allowable catch
- 1999 – Framework Adjustment 30 sets Georges Bank cod possession limits for vessels enrolled in the Gulf of Maine Cod Trip Limit Exemption Program
- 1999 – Amendment 11 identifies and describes essential fish habitat for regulated species and establishes the Small-Mesh Multispecies Fishery Management Plan
- 2000 – Framework Adjustment 31 increases the Gulf of Maine cod landing limits, creates an additional Gulf of Maine area closure, and restricts the use of the days-at-sea program running clock
- 2000 – Framework Adjustment 33 maintains the Western Gulf of Maine closed area, creates two additional conditional closure areas, maintains the Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank cod possession limits, increases the Georges Bank haddock possession limits, and implements additional recreational management measures
- 2003 – Framework Adjustments 37 and 38 implement a suite of additional small-mesh multispecies regulations
- 2004 – Framework Adjustment 39 creates Scallop Access Areas in groundfish Closed Area I, Closed Area II, and the Nantucket Lightship Closed Area
- 2006 – Amendment 13 establishes sector management, creates the Handgear A permit category, and implements a collection of effort reduction measures geared towards ending overfishing and rebuilding overfished stocks
- 2004 – Framework Adjustment 40 A implements the Regular B Days-At-Sea Program, the Closed Area I Hook Gear Haddock Special Access Program, and the Eastern U.S./Canada Haddock Special Access Program
- 2005 – Framework Adjustment 40 B modifies the Days-At-Sea Leasing and Transfer Programs, revises the Closed Area II Yellowtail Flounder Special Access Program, modifies the Georges Bank Cod Hook Gear Sector, updates notification requirements for the herring fishery , removes restrictions for trip gillnet vessels, and creates a days-at-sea credit for vessels standing by an entangled whale
- 2005 – Framework Adjustment 41 modifies the Closed Area I Hook Gear Haddock Special Access Program to allow all limited access days-at-sea groundfish vessels fishing with hook gear to participate
- 2006 - Framework Adjustment 42 implements a rebuilding plan for Georges Bank yellowtail flounder, adjusts rebuilding plans for 6 other stocks , and establishes measures to alleviate the socioeconomic impacts of Amendment 13
- 2006 – Framework Adjustment 43 implements a suite of regulations pertaining to the Atlantic herring fishery
- 2010 – Amendment 16 implements a collection of management measures designed to end overfishing and rebuild overfished stocks, including expanding the sector management program and establishing annual catch limits for all regulated stocks
- 2010 – Framework Adjustment 44 revises the pollock and Gulf of Maine cod trip limits, sets fishing year 2010-2012 specifications all groundfish stocks, and grants the Regional Administrator the authority to implement in-season measures (differential days-at-sea counting or trip limits) for any stock to prevent catch from exceeding that stock’s annual catch limit
- 2011 – Framework 45 modifies annual catch limits and status determination criteria for several stocks, updates monitoring requirements, establishes the Gulf of Maine Cod Spawning Protection Area, updates handgear regulations, and approves 5 new sectors
- 2011 – Amendment 17 approves the formation of NOAA-sponsored state permit banks
- 2011 – Framework 46 modifies regulations pertaining to haddock catch in the midwater trawl Atlantic herring fishery
- 2012 – Framework Adjustment 47 sets specifications for several groundfish stocks, modifies the definition of the Ruhle trawl, revises or modifies accountability measures for several groundfish stocks, modifies common pool management measures, and clarifies charter/party closed area regulations
- 2013 – Framework Adjustment 48 establishes new status determination criteria for several stocks, revises sub-annual catch limit allocations, clarifies the goals of the at-sea monitoring program, revises accountability measures for several stocks, and implements a number of additional recreational and commercial groundfish management measures
- 2013 – Framework Adjustment 50 sets specifications for several groundfish stocks and announces changes to Eastern U.S./Canada Area monitoring and reporting requirements
- 2013 – Framework Adjustment 49 implements a suite of management measures for the scallop fishery
- 2014 – Framework 51 establishes catch limits for regulated stocks, updates the Gulf of Maine cod and American plaice rebuilding plans, and modifies U.S./Canada Management Area regulations
- 2015 – Framework Adjustment 52 revises windowpane flounder accountability measures
- 2015 – Framework Adjustment 53 sets specifications for several groundfish stocks, revises management measures for Gulf of Maine cod, implements a process for setting default catch limits in years when management actions are delayed, and modifies sector carryover provisions
- 2016 – Framework Adjustment 54 modifies monkfish possession limits in the Northern and Southern Fishery Management Areas, and revises minimum mesh size requirements in the Southern Fishery Management Area
- 2016 – Framework Adjustment 55 sets specifications for all groundfish stocks, revises the at-sea monitoring program, adjusts the sector approval process, modifies trawl gear requirements, and implements a process for converting Eastern Georges Bank haddock quota to Western Georges Bank haddock quota
- 2017 – Amendment 18 implements measures to encourage fleet diversity and prevent the accumulation of excessive shares in the fishery
- 2017 – Framework Adjustment 56 sets catch limits for 4 groundfish stocks, allocates a northern windowpane flounder sub-ACL for the scallop fishery, modifies the Georges Bank yellowtail flounder and northern windowpane flounder accountability measures for the scallop fishery, and increases the Georges Bank haddock midwater trawl fishery sub-annual catch limit
- 2018 – Framework Adjustment 57 sets catch limits for all groundfish stocks, adjusts trimester total allowable catch allocations for several stocks, revises accountability measures for 3 stocks, and grants the Regional Administrator authority to make adjustments to recreational Georges Bank cod management measures
- 2019 – Framework Adjustment 58 sets catch limits for 7 regulated stocks, establishes or updates rebuilding plans for 5 stocks, and revises the Georges Bank yellowtail flounder accountability measure for scallop vessels
- 2020 – Framework Adjustment 59 sets or adjusts catch limits for 19 regulated stocks and makes minor changes to groundfish management measures.
- 2021 – Framework Adjustment 61 sets or adjusts catch limits for 17 regulated stocks. Additionally revises the status determination criteria for Georges Bank and Southern New England-Mid Atlantic winter flounder, implements a revised rebuilding plan for white hake, and implements a universal exemption for sectors to target Acadian redfish.
- 2022 – Framework Adjustment 63 sets or adjusts catch limits for 5 of the 20 multispecies (groundfish) stocks, adjusts recreational measures for Georges Bank cod, and revises the default specifications process.
- 2022 – Amendment 23 adjusts the industry-funded at-sea monitoring program for groundfish sectors to improve the accuracy of collected catch data (landings and discards) and catch accounting.
- 2023 – Framework Adjustment 65 revises the rebuilding plan for Gulf of Maine cod, sets catch limits for 16 of the 20 multispecies (groundfish) stocks, and makes a temporary modification to the accountability measures for Georges Bank cod. This action also corrects erroneous regulations and removes outdated regulations. This action also implements an emergency action to set fishing year 2023 catch limits for Gulf of Maine haddock.
Last updated by Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office on 08/11/2020.
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