Skates Plan Overview

The NEFMC initiated development of a Skate FMP in 2003 in response to findings by NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service that four of the seven species in the Northeast skate complex — winter, smooth, thorny, and barndoor — were overfished. The other three species — little, clearnose, and rosette skates — were not overfished. Today, the only species in the complex that remains in an overfished condition is thorny skate, and overfishing is not occurring on any of the seven skate species.

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Plan Amendments, Frameworks, and Specifications

Plan Amendments

Under Development
January 4, 2017
June 30, 2015
This action establishes standards of precision for bycatch estimation for all Northeast Region fisheries.
July 16, 2009
NMFS is implementing approved measures in Amendment 3 to the Northeast Skate Complex Fishery Management
Under Development
May 19, 2014
February 27, 2008

Framework Adjustments/Specifications

June 3, 2016
July 23, 2014
NMFS approves and implements measures in Framework Adjustment 2 to the Northeast Skate Complex Fishery Management Plan, which was developed by the New England Fishery Management Council.
May 17, 2011
This final rule implements approved measures in Framework Adjustment 1 to the Northeast Skate Complex Fishery Management Plan