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Framework Adjustment 47 to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan

Abstract: The proposed action would implement Framework Adjustment 47 to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan (FW 47). FW 47 would set specifications for groundfish stocks for fishing years (FYs) 2012 through 2014. This action would also adopt the FY 2012 total allowable catches (TACs) for the U.S./Canada Management Area consistent with the U.S./Canada Resource Understanding. As a result of the International Fisheries Agreement Clarification Act, draft measures of this action also include revising the rebuilding program for Georges Bank (GB) yellowtail flounder. This action would also revise the status determination criteria for the three winter flounder stocks and Gulf of Maine (GOM) cod based on the updated assessments for each of the stocks. Other draft measures includes modification of management measures for Southern New England/Mid-Atlantic winter flounder, modification of accountability measures for five stocks, modification of restrictions on the catch of yellowtail flounder by the scallop fishery in the GB access areas, and adjustments to the administration of the scallop fishery yellowtail flounder catch limits.
RIN: 0648-BB62
Type: Rule Making

Primary Documents (2)