Category Archive: Regulations

GUEST COLUMN – Reject distractions; fix catch shares now

by Brett Tolley Three years ago, I sat among a group of fishermen testifying before the New England Fishery Management Council that the new catch share program was not working and needed to be fixed.  The fleet was consolidating, access was becoming unaffordable to owner-operators, and inshore fishing areas were coming under increased pressure.  Several …

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Vertical line rule: MA lobstermen lose big

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GLOUCESTER, MA – The latest adjustment to the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan (ALWTRP), published by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) on June 27, includes significant new requirements that will affect many people in the lobster, fish pot, and gillnet fisheries in the Northeast and down the Atlantic coast. The so-called “vertical line …

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NEFMC Special Insert – Omnibus Essential Fish Habitat Amendment

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New England council proposes new/altered closed areas to protect habitat, spawning fish

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DANVERS, MA – Who among us can’t see Closed Area II or the Western Gulf of Maine Closure Area in our sleep?  The age-old, familiar boundaries of these and New England’s other closed areas – some of which have been in place for two decades now – are deeply embedded in our understanding of the …

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Gulf of Maine habitat, spawning, research areas

DANVERS, MA – The New England Fishery Management Council’s habitat alternatives for the Gulf of Maine cover three distinct subregions – Eastern, Central, and Western – and include three options each for spawning area closures and Dedicated Habitat Research Areas (DHRAs). Here are the habitat management alternatives: •  Eastern Gulf of Maine – The council …

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Georges Bank habitat proposals vary widely in scope, economic impact

DANVERS, MA – There’s a lot of money at stake on Georges Bank, so scallopers, surf clammers, offshore groundfish fishermen, and lobstermen are starting to pay especially close attention to the eight vastly different habitat management alternatives being proposed by the New England Fishery Management Council for this critically important subregion. Two of the alternatives …

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Gear restrictions, modifications proposed for GSC/Southern NE

DANVERS, MA – The Great South Channel/Southern New England (GSC/SNE) area may become home to a couple of new habitat management areas depending on which way the New England Fishery Management Council decides to go in its omnibus essential fish habitat amendment following public hearings later this summer. The council is proposing six alternatives for …

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NMFS transfers excess yellowtail from scallop to groundfish fishery

GLOUCESTER, MA – The groundfish fishery got a bit of a boost on Feb. 20 when the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) transferred a portion of the scallop fishery’s unused 2013 yellowtail flounder allocation to the groundfish fishery. The 2013 scallop fishing year ended Feb. 28, but the groundfish year runs through April 30, so …

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Scallopers hold steady on ‘lean’ course for 2014

PORTSMOUTH, NH – Scallopers should be able to land roughly the same amount of product this year as last, but they’ll be harvesting a larger percentage of the catch in open areas rather than access areas. The New England Fishery Management Council agreed to this strategy on Jan. 29 when it finalized Framework Adjustment 25 …

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ASMFC to address Area 1A spawning provisions in herring amendment

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ALEXANDRIA, VA – Gulf of Maine herring fishermen who have been frustrated in recent years by problematic spawning closures in Area 1A soon will have a chance to discuss how those closures could be improved to better protect ripe and running fish. During its Feb. 4 meeting here, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s (ASMFC) …

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