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Amendment 19 to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan

Abstract: The small-mesh multispecies fishery is composed of five stocks of three species of hakes (northern silver hake, southern silver hake, northern red hake, southern red hake, and offshore hake), and the fishery is managed primarily through a series of exemptions from the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan. Amendment 19 was developed to modify some of the management measures currently governing this fishery. These modifications include changing the incidental possession limit of silver and offshore hake; changing the possession limit of silver and offshore hake, combined, in the southern stock area for vessels using larger mesh; adding a year-round red hake possession limit; changing the post-season accountability measure that was implemented by the Secretarial Amendment; and other administrative changes to make management and monitoring of the small-mesh multispecies fishery more effective.
RIN: 0648-BC48
Type: Rule Making
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