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Framework 5 to the Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fishery Management Plan

Abstract: This framework adjustment expands the list of marine surveyors allowed to complete a fish hold volume certification for vessels issued a Tier 1 or Tier 2 limited access mackerel permit. Amendment 11 to the Atlantic mackerel, squid, and butterfish fishery management plan required that vessels issued a Tier 1 or 2 limited access mackerel permit submit a fish hold volume certification to NMFS by December 31, 2012. Currently, individuals credentialed as marine surveyors by the Society of Marine Surveyors or the National Association of Marine Surveyors are allowed to complete fish hold measurements for such vessels, as are vessels that are sealed by the Maine State Sealer of Weights and Measures. Based on industry feedback, there are additional marine professionals who are also qualified to conduct vessel hold volume certifications. This action would allow vessels to submit hold certifications provided by other marine surveyors who are equally qualified to perform such measurements.
RIN: 0648-BC08
Type: Rule Making