Summary of Plan Plan Amendments Framework Adjustments

Framework Adjustment
Federal Register Publication Date
Date Implemented
Description of Actions
   Final Rule
Developed to implement measures to exempt a fishery from the Gulf of Maine (GOM) Regulated Mesh Area mesh size regulations. Establishes an exempted small mesh silver hake (Merluccius bilinearis) (whiting) fishery in the inshore GOM. The exempted fishery is authorized from July 1 through November 30 each year; requires the use of specific exempted grate raised footrope trawl gear; establishes a maximum whiting possession limit of 7,500 lb (3,402 kg); and includes incidental catch restrictions.
    Final Rule
Eliminate the Year 4 default measure in both whiting stock areas and implement FMP adjustments to allow for moderate increases in effort on small mesh multispecies in the northern stock area.
Established a seasonal whiting raised footrope trawl fishery in Upper Cape Cod Bay
Addressed management measures for silver hake, red hake, and offshore hake by establishing a whiting possession limit determined by the smallest codend mesh size the vessel has on board. In addition, it allowed the use of a net strengthener by vessels fishing for small mesh multispecies with a 2.5 inch mesh codend6

Increased the minimum mesh size in the Cultivator Shoal whiting fishery (silver hake)