Emergency Rule to Increase Carryover for NE Groundfish - Effective 12/31

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NOAA Fisheries - New England - Mid Atlantic Bulletin

December 30, 2020

Emergency Action Increases Carryover for Northeast Groundfish

NOAA Fisheries is announcing a temporary rule for an emergency action that increases the maximum level of Annual Catch Entitlement allowed to be carried over in the Northeast groundfish fishery from fishing year 2019 into fishing year 2020.

On July 2, 2020, the New England Fishery Management Council requested that NOAA Fisheries implement an emergency action to mitigate significant adverse economic impacts to the groundfish fishery caused by the state health and travel restrictions, and market disruptions at the end of fishing year 2019.

This action, which is effective tomorrow (December 31, 2020), increases the maximum carryover of fishing year 2019 sector Annual Catch Entitlement for Gulf of Maine haddock, Georges Bank haddock, and American plaice. The action also allows for unused leased-in Days-At-Sea to be carried over from fishing year 2019 into fishing year 2020 by common pool vessels.

For more details, please read the rule as filed in the Federal Register, and our permit holder bulletin.


Contact Spencer Talmage, Sustainable Fisheries Division, 978-281-9232

Media: Contact Allison Ferreira, Regional Office, 978-281-9103