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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BK68 Publication ID: Fall 2021 
Title: ●Amendment 21 to the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery Management Plan 
Abstract:

The New England Fishery Management Council developed Amendment 21 to allow for more controlled access to the scallop resource by the limited access and limited access general category (LAGC) fleets and increase monitoring in ways that support a growing directed scallop fishery in Federal waters, including the Northern Gulf of Maine (NGOM). Additionally, Amendment 21 considers adjusting the LAGC individual fishing quota (IFQ) program to support overall economic performance while allowing for continued participation in the LAGC fishery at varying levels. This action would: (1) Change the Annual Catch Limit flow chart to account for biomass in NGOM as part of Overfishing Limit and the Acceptable Biological Catch to be consistent with other portions of scallop resource management; (2) Develop landings limits for all permit categories in NGOM and establish an 800,000-pound NGOM Set-Aside trigger for the NGOM directed fishery with a sharing agreement for access by all permit categories for allocation above the trigger. Pounds above the trigger would be split 5 percent for the NGOM fleet and 95 percent for limited access and LAGC IFQ fleets; (3) Expand the Scallop Industry Funded Observer program to monitor directed scallop fishing in the NGOM by using a portion of the NGOM allocation to off-set monitoring costs; (4) Allocate 25,000 pounds of the NGOM allocation to increase the overall Scallop Research Set-Aside (RSA) and support Scallop RSA compensation fishing; (5) Increase the LAGC IFQ possession limit to 800 pounds per trip only for access area trips; (6) Prorate the daily observer compensation rate in 12-hour increments for observed LAGC IFQ trips longer than one day; and (7) Allow for temporary transfers of IFQ from limited access vessels with IFQ to LAGC IFQ-only vessels.

 
Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 648   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  10/05/2021  86 FR 54903   
NPRM Comment Period End  11/04/2021 
Final Action  12/00/2021 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: Yes 
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
Email: michael.pentony@noaa.gov