Northeast Multispecies Plan Overview

The Northeast Multispecies FMP was implemented in 1986 to reduce fishing mortality of heavily fished groundfish stocks and to promote rebuilding to sustainable biomass levels. Thirteen species are managed through plan amendments and framework adjustments to the original plan, while five additional stocks are managed under a separate small mesh multispecies program.

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Plan Amendments, Frameworks, and Specifications

Plan Amendments

Under Development
February 7, 2017
June 30, 2015
This action establishes standards of precision for bycatch estimation for all Northeast Region fisheries.
July 1, 2014
June 22, 2011
State-operated permit banks may be allocated an annual catch entitlement and specifically authorized to provide their annual catch
October 16, 2009
This final rule implements measures approved under Amendment 16 to the NE Multispecies Fishery Management Plan (FMP).
February 7, 2008
Under Development
December 1, 2004
Omnibus Habitat Amendment 2, currently under development
December 8, 2003
NMFS announces that the New England Fishery Management Council (Council) has submitted Amendment 13, incorporating
March 29, 2000
NMFS issues this final rule to implement measures contained in Amendment 12 to the Northeast Multispecies Fisheries Management Plan (FMP) to
January 11, 1999
NMFS is implementing approved measures contained in Amendment 10 to the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery Management Plan (FMP), developed by
October 9, 1998
NMFS announces that the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) has approved Amendment 11 to the Northeast Multispecies FMP, Amendment 9
March 3, 1999
NMFS announces that the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) has approved Amendment 11 to the Northeast Multispecies FMP,
May 31, 1996
NMFS issues final regulations to implement Amendment 7 to the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for the Atlantic Sea Scallop DATES: Effective April 28, 1999, except
May 1, 1994
Action to amend the regulations implementing the Fishery Management Plan for the Summer Flounder Fishery (FMP). This rule requires Federally permitted summer flounder dealers to submit weekly reports even if no fish are received during a
September 30, 1993
November 12, 1990
August 17, 1989
October 1, 1988
May 1, 1987
April 21, 1999
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Framework Adjustments/Specifications

Under Development
March 16, 2017
May 2, 2016
This final rule approves and implements Framework Adjustment 55 to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan.
Under Development
February 26, 2016
June 18, 2014
This final rule approves and implements Framework Adjustment 53 to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan.
June 1, 2014
NMFS has approved Framework Adjustment 52 to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan.
February 24, 2014
NMFS partially approved Framework Adjustment 51 to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan (Groundfish FMP). The final
April 22, 2013
The final rule finalizes interim measures put in place for the May 1, 2013, start of the Northeast (NE) multispecies fishing year. This
February 28, 2013
The final rule approves and implements Framework Adjustment 24 to the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery Management Plan and
February 26, 2013
This final rule finalizes interim measures put in place for the May 1, 2013, start of the Northeast (NE) multispecies fishing year. This
March 9, 2012
The rule implements the approved measures in FW 47 and also implements management measures and revises existing regulations
June 17, 2011
This final rule partially approves Framework Adjustment (FW) 46 to the NE Multispecies Fishery Management Plan (FMP), which
January 21, 2011
This final rule partially approves Framework Adjustment (FW) 45 to the NE Multispecies Fishery Management Plan (FMP) and
January 15, 2010
This final rule implements measures approved under Framework Adjustment 44 (FW 44) to the Northeast
August 15, 2006
NMFS implements Framework Adjustment 43 (Framework 43) to the NE Multispecies Fishery Management Plan (FMP), which
April 21, 2006
This final rule implements Framework Adjustment (FW) 42 to the Northeast (NE) Multispecies Fishery Management Plan (FMP) and
October 14, 2005
This final rule implements Framework Adjustment 41 (FW 41) to the Northeast (NE) Multispecies Fishery Management
February 15, 2005
FW 40B was developed by the New England Fishery Management Council (Council) to modify existing effort control programs
July 2, 2004
This rule corrects inadvertent errors and omissions found in the April 27, 2004, final rule implementing Amendment 13 and
November 2, 2004
September 1, 2000
NMFS issues this final rule to implement measures contained in Framework Adjustment 35 (Framework 35)
March 7, 2000
Same as Scallop FW 13
February 3, 2000
NMFS issues this final rule to establish 2000 target TACs for five Northeast multispecies fisheries and to implement measures contained in
January 31, 2000
Modified the management measures of the Gulf of Maine cod fishery and Georges Bank cod trip limit system in the 1999-2000
July 29, 1999
Intended to reduce the fishing mortality rate for Georges Bank cod by 22% from the 1997/1998 levels
June 15, 1999
Temporarily opened portions of the groundfish closed areas to controlled access scallop fishing (Same as Framework
March 1, 1999
Made multispecies FMP measures consistent with the Harbor Porpoise Take Reduction Plan implemented in Dec-98
February 19, 1999
Implemented additional measures such as closed areas, trip limits, and gear restrictions to reduce or maintain fishing
December 18, 1998
Implemented additional seasonal closures in February and April to provide additional protection for spawning cod
February 1, 1998
Established Gulf of Maine closed areas, trip limits, and other measures to reduce fishing effort on Gulf of Maine cod
September 5, 1997
Adjusted the Gulf of Maine cod trip limits; allows vessels to carryover 10 days-at-sea; and provided exemptions for vessels fishing
January 30, 1997
Closed the Great South Channel and Cape Cod Bay right whale critical habitat areas seasonally to fixed gear
December 13, 1996
Closed the Great South Channel and Cape Cod Bay right whale critical habitat areas seasonally to fixed gear
November 27, 1996
Allowed landing of scallops by vessels fishing with small scallop dredges
February 6, 1997
September 16, 1996
July 23, 1997
September 27, 1996
September 12, 1996
July 24, 1996
January 30, 1996
October 12, 1995
May 1, 1995
April 18, 1995
December 5, 1995
August 2, 1994
May 14, 1994
August 17, 1994
April 14, 1994