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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BJ46 Publication ID: Spring 2020 
Title: ●Framework Adjustment 8 to the Northeast Skate Complex Fishery Management Plan 

This action proposes to implement the New England Fishery Management Council’s Framework Adjustment 8 to the Northeast Skate Complex Fishery Management Plan (FMP). The FMP manages a complex of seven skate species which are harvested in two different fisheries: One for food (wing fishery) and one for lobster bait (bait fishery). Fishery specific total allowable landings (TALs) and possession limits are set as part of an annual review and specifications process. Framework 8 contains skate fishery specifications for the 2020-2021 fishing years. According to the best scientific information available to allow the fishery to achieve optimum yield, this action proposes an increase in the annual catch limit and overall total allowable landings that would result in about a 13-percent increase each in both the bait and wing fisheries’ total allowable landings. This action further proposes to increase the seasonal possession limits in the wing and bait fisheries to allow more flexibility in how the additional quota may be harvested.


Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Deregulatory 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 648   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  02/05/2020  85 FR 6494   
NPRM Comment Period End  03/06/2020 
Final Action  04/27/2020  85 FR 23240   
Final Action Effective  05/01/2020 
Final Rule Effective  06/01/2020 
Final Rule  06/02/2020  85 FR 33579   
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Michael Pentony
Regional Administrator, Greater Atlantic Region
Department of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
55 Great Republic Drive,
Gloucester, MA 01930
Phone:978 281-9283
Fax:978 281-9207