Framework Adjustment 46 to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan

Docket ID: NOAA-NMFS-2011-0150
Agency: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Parent Agency: Department of Commerce (DOC)
This rule partially approves Framework Adjustment (FW) 46 to the NE Multispecies Fishery Management Plan (FMP), which increases the haddock incidental catch cap allocated to the Atlantic midwater trawl herring fishery to 1 percent of the Georges Bank (GB) haddock Acceptable Biological Catch (ABC) and to 1 percent of the Gulf of Maine (GOM) haddock ABC, thereby, adjusting final fishing year (FY) 2011 specifications for the other fishery components of these ABCs. In addition, this action modifies the method for estimating haddock catch in the herring fishery and the relevant accountability measures (AMs) such that, upon attainment of the cap, the midwater trawl herring fleet may not catch or land herring in excess of the incidental catch limit (2,000 lb (907.2 kg)) in or from the appropriate haddock stock area. In addition, in this action NMFS disapproves measures in FW 46 that would have required open access herring vessels using midwater trawl gear to report total kept catch, and notify the Office of Law Enforcement, prior to landing. NMFS also disapproves a measure to require all midwater trawl vessels to report gear used on each trip into the Gulf of Maine or Georges Bank. FW 46 was developed by the New England Fishery Management Council (Council) to address the haddock incidental catch cap in the Atlantic herring fishery to allow the herring fishery to achieve optimum yield, by establishing a better opportunity to fully harvest the available herring quota, while providing incentives for the midwater trawl fishery to minimize haddock catch and, ensuring that haddock catch is adequately controlled and monitored.
RIN: 0648-BB08
Impacts and Effects: None
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 648
Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant
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Publication Period: Fall 2012
Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Completed Action
Major Rule: No
Legal Authorities: 16 USC 1801 et seq
Legal Deadlines: None
Government Levels Affected: No
Federalism Implications: No
Unfunded Mandates: No
Requires Regulatory Flexibility Analysis: Business
Small Entities Affected: No
International Impacts: No
Energy Effects: No
Included in Regulatory Plan: No
ActionDateFR Citation
NPRM07/19/201176 FR 42663
NPRM Comment Period End08/03/2011
Final Action09/15/201176 FR 56985
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Related RINs: None
Related Dockets: None
Keyword(s): Northeast multispecies, haddock, Atlantic herring, NEFMC, midwater trawl
Type: Rulemaking

Primary Documents

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Comment Period Closed
Aug 03, 2011 11:59 PM ET
Proposed Rule
Posted: 07/19/2011
ID: NOAA-NMFS-2011-0150-0001
Comment Period Closed
Posted: 09/15/2011
ID: NOAA-NMFS-2011-0150-0009

Supporting Documents

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Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 07/19/2011
ID: NOAA-NMFS-2011-0150-0002


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Agency Contact
Melissa Vasquez
Fishery Policy Analyst
55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930
Gloucester, MA 01930
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