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New England council adds ASM relief measures to Framework 55

PLYMOUTH, MA – At its Sept. 29-Oct. 1 meeting here, the New England Fisheries Management Council added alternatives to Framework Adjustment 55 to the Northeast Multispecies (Groundfish) Fishery Management Plan (FMP) to include enforcement, adding a new sector, and to make the at-sea monitoring program more efficient and cost effective.

Changes in federal policy on observer funding in early 2015 made it apparent that the fishing industry would be required to fund some or all of the at-sea monitoring (ASM) required under AMD 16 and Framework 48 to the groundfish FMP.

In June the council began seeking ways to mitigate those impacts including requesting administrative changes to coverage levels in-season. (See CFN July 2015).  Additionally, Framework 55, already in progress to incorporate stock status changes and set specifications for fishing year 2016, became the quickest way to address ASM costs to the fleet while meeting the goals and objectives of AMD 16…

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