Monkfish Plan Overview

During the early 1990s fishermen and dealers in the monkfish fishery addressed both the New England and Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Councils with concerns about the increasing amount of small fish being landed, more gear conflicts between monkfish vessels and those in other fisheries, and an expanding directed trawl fishery. In response, the Councils developed a joint fishery management plan that took effect in November 1999. The FMP was designed to stop overfishing and rebuild the stocks through a number of measures, including limiting the number of vessels with access to the fishery, allocating days-at-sea to those vessels, and setting trip limits. Today, the monkfish resource is neither overfished nor has overfishing occurring.

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Plan Amendments, Frameworks, and Specifications

Plan Amendments

June 30, 2015
This action establishes standards of precision for bycatch estimation for all Northeast Region fisheries.
Under Development
December 1, 2010
March 25, 2011
This final rule implements measures that were approved in Amendment 5 to the Monkfish Fishery Management
Under Development
May 19, 2014
February 27, 2008
NMFS is implementing approved management measures contained in the Standardized Bycatch Reporting DATES: This final rule is
May 1, 2005
NMFS is implementing approved measures contained in Amendment 2 to the Monkfish Fishery Management Plan (FMP). Amendment 2
April 22, 1999

Framework Adjustments/Specifications

Under Development
May 5, 2017
February 26, 2016
July 18, 2014
NMFS approves and implements measures included in Framework Adjustment 8 to the Monkfish Fishery Management Plan.
October 26, 2011
This final rule implements measures that were approved in Framework Adjustment 7 to the Monkfish Fishery Management Plan.
October 10, 2008
NMFS approves and implements new management measures for the monkfish fishery recommended in Framework Adjustment 6
May 1, 2008
NMFS approves and implements new management measures for the monkfish fishery recommended in Framework
October 22, 2007
NMFS implements new management measures for the monkfish fishery approved in Framework Adjustment 4 to the Monkfish
November 22, 2006
This final rule implements Framework Adjustment (FW) 42 to the Northeast (NE) Multispecies Fishery Management Plan (FMP) and FW 3 to the Monkfish FMP (Joint Framework).
May 7, 2004
NMFS implements measures to establish target total allowable catch (TAC) levels for the monkfish fishery for
the 2004 fishing year (FY),
June 18, 1999