Regulations

October 6, 2017

NOAA Fisheries Seeks Comments on Notice of Availability for the New England Fishery Management Council’s Omnibus Essential Fish Habitat Amendment 2

                                                                 

Juvenile cod in deep-sea coral garden in the Gulf of Maine. Credit: NOAA

Today, we published a Notice of Availability for the New England Fishery Management Council’s Omnibus Essential Fish Habitat Amendment 2.

We are seeking public comment on an action that would:

  • Revise the essential fish habitat designations for all New England Fishery Management Council-managed species and life stages;
  • Add Habitat Areas of Particular Concern to highlight especially important habitat areas;
  • Revise the spatial management system within the Gulf of Maine, Georges Bank, and the southern New England area;
  • Establish two Dedicated Habitat Research Areas;
  • Revise or implement seasonal spawning protection measures; and
  • Add system for reviewing and updating the proposed measures.

Read the Notice as published in the Federal Register, and submit your comments through the online portal. You may also submit comments through regular mail to: John Bullard, Regional Administrator, Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930.

The comment period is open through December 5, 2017.

The Magnuson-Stevens Act Secretarial Decision Date for this amendment is January 4, 2018.

 

 

September 29, 2017 MarineFisheries Advisory

  2017 Commercial Black Sea Bass Fishery Closed Effective Wednesday, October 4, 2017

 

Massachusetts’ 2017 commercial black sea bass quota of 535,652 pounds is projected to be taken on Tuesday, October 3, 2017. Accordingly, Massachusetts commercial black sea bass fishery is closed effective 0001 hours on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 (Closure Notice).

 

Until the 2018 commercial black sea bass fishery opens, it is unlawful for any fisherman to possess or land black sea bass and for any seafood dealers to purchase black sea bass from any commercial fisherman. All black sea bass pots must be removed from the waters under the jurisdiction of the Commonwealth by the end of the day on Friday, October 6, 2017.

 

Commercial fishermen are to submit monthly trip-level reports by the fifteenth of the following month, even if their permit as not fished. Reports should be sent to DMF Statistics Project, 30 Emerson Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930. Failure to submit these reports for all months of the year in a timely manner may result in the non-renewal of a commercial permit and its endorsements in 2018. Blank forms and instructions were mailed out prior to the beginning of the 2017 fishing season; additional copies can be obtained on the Trip Level Reporting website.

December 12, 2016

National Ocean Council Certifies 
First-in-Nation Northeast Ocean Plan
The Northeast Regional Planning Body has announced that the National Ocean Council has certified the first-in-the-nation Northeast Ocean Plan.
The Plan was developed following several years of public engagement, scientific study and data analysis, and collaboration, along with significant feedback from the general public and stakeholders interested in the future of New England’s ocean and its resources. The Plan will promote more informed and coordinated ocean management among government agencies, transparency to the public, and predictability for industry.
For more background information about the Plan, please go to the About or Projects pages.
Also, be sure to visit the Northeast Ocean Data Portal, a website that provides access to data, interactive maps, tools, and other information about ocean resources in the northeast.
Questions? Contact Betsy Nicholson at 617-869-9148, betsy.nicholson@noaa.gov, or Chris Boelke at 978-281-9131, Christopher.Boelke@noaa.gov.

 

NOAA Fisheries Releases 

Northeast Regional Climate Action Plan

Today, NOAA Fisheries released five Regional Action Plans to guide implementation of the NOAA Fisheries Climate Science Strategy, including a plan for the northeast.

Ocean waters off the Northeastern U.S. are among the fastest warming in the world. Marine life from plankton to the largest whales is affected as habitats, food webs, water temperatures, wind patterns and a variety of ecosystem components respond to a changing climate.

The Northeast Regional Climate Action Plan plan addresses the Northeast U.S. Shelf Ecosystem, which extends from North Carolina to Maine, and from the headwaters of watersheds to the deep ocean. It was developed jointly by the Northeast Fisheries Science Center and the Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office with input from a number of partners and the public.Its goal is to provide timely and relevant information on what’s changing, what’s at risk, and how to respond.

We believe this plan is a critical step toward meeting the growing demand for information to better prepare for and respond to climate-related impacts on living marine resources and resource-dependent communities.

Find out more about the action plans.

Questions? Contact Shelley Dawicki at shelley.dawicki@noaa.gov

 

How Fishermen, Seafood Dealers, and the Public Can Get News from NOAA Fisheries’ Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office
Whether you are commercial fisherman, recreational fisherman, seafood dealer, or a member of the general public, they have a number of ways to keep you updated about fisheries, protected species, habitats, and many other marine issues in our region. They also have information on the best ways to contact. Check out their Information Page and Contact Us page to stay in touch!

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