Sea Scallop Plan Overview

The Atlantic Sea Scallop FMP was implemented in 1982 to restore adult scallop stocks and reduce year-to-year fluctuations in stock abundance caused by variations in recruitment. The recovery of the scallop resource and consequent increase in landings and revenues is striking given that average scallop landings per year were below 16 million pounds from 1994-1998, or less than one-third of the present level of landings. The dramatic increase in scallop abundance has resulted in the development of a highly profitable commercial fishery in which Atlantic sea scallops are neither overfished, nor is overfishing occurring.

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Plan Amendments, Frameworks, and Specifications

Plan Amendments

November 3, 2016
June 30, 2015
This action establishes standards of precision for bycatch estimation for all Northeast Region fisheries.
July 22, 2011
NMFS hereby implements measures approved in Amendment 15 to the Scallop FMP (Amendment 15), which was developed by
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December 1, 2004
Omnibus Habitat Amendment 2, currently under development
June 12, 2007
This final rule implements Amendment 13 to the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery Management Plan (Scallop FMP). Amendment
June 1, 2007
NMFS is implementing approved management measures contained in the Standardized Bycatch Reporting Methodology (SBRM)
September 24, 2004
NMFS is implementing approved measures contained in Amendment 11 to the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery Management
December 19, 2003
NMFS is implementing approved measures contained in Amendment 10 to the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery Management
March 3, 1999
March 22, 1999
October 7, 1998
February 10, 1997
July 11, 1996
March 1, 1994
February 5, 1990
July 22, 1988
December 30, 1986

Framework Adjustments/Specifications

May 4, 2016
April 21, 2015
NMFS approves and implements through regulations the measures included in Framework Adjustment 26 to the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery Management Plan, which the New England Fishery Management Council adopted and submitted to NMFS for approval.
April 17, 2014
NMFS approves and implements regulations for Framework Adjustment 25 to the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery Management Plan
May 20, 2013
This action approves and implements Framework Adjustment 24 to the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery Management Plan.
May 7, 2012
This action approves Framework Adjustment 23 to the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery Management Plan (Framework 23) and
August 1, 2011
NMFS is implementing measures specified in Framework Adjustment 22 (Framework 22) to the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery
June 28, 2010
NMFS is implementing measures specified in Framework Adjustment 21 (Framework 21) to the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery
December 24, 2007
NMFS issues this final rule to approve and implement measures contained in Framework Adjustment 20 (Framework 20) to the Atlantic Sea
June 1, 2008
June 15, 2006
This final rule implements Framework Adjustment 18 (Framework 18) to the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery Management Plan
October 21, 2005
This final rule implements Framework 17 to the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery Management Plan (Framework 17),
November 2, 2004
NMFS implements concurrently Framework 16 to the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery Management Plan (Scallop FMP) and
March 1, 2003
NMFS issues this final rule to implement Framework 15 to the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery Management Plan (FMP) developed DATES: Effective March 1, 2003.
May 1, 2001
NMFS issues this final rule to implement measures contained in Framework Adjustment 14 to the Atlantic Sea
June 15, 2000
NMFS issues this final rule to implement measures contained in Framework Adjustment 13 to the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery
March 1, 2000
NMFS issues this final rule to implement measures contained in Framework Adjustment 12 to the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery
June 15, 1999
NMFS issues this final rule to implement measures contained in Framework Adjustment 11 to the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery
August 28, 1998
August 13, 1997
July 19, 1996
March 11, 1996
August 9, 1995
July 31, 1995
May 1, 1995
December 4, 1995
November 16, 1994
August 17, 1994