Small Mesh Multispecies Plan Overview

Small Mesh Multispecies in the Northeast consist of two stocks of whiting (silver hake), two stocks of red hake, and one stock of offshore hake. Catches of silver and offshore hake are known as “whiting,” while the fishery that harvests any of these species is known as the “whiting fishery.” Because vessels participating in the fishery use small-mesh, they are regulated through a series exemptions from the Northeast Multispecies, or Groundfish Fishery Management Plan (FMP). A comprehensive approach to their management was first adopted in early 2000 with the implementation of Amendment 12 to the Groundfish FMP.

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Plan Amendments, Frameworks, and Specifications

Plan Amendments

Under Development
November 9, 2015
May 6, 2013
This final rule implements Amendment 19 to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan. The New England Fishery
April 28, 2000
June 27, 1991
October 1, 1997

Framework Adjustments/Specifications

February 26, 2016
February 3, 2015
July 9, 2003
NMFS issues this final rule to implement measures contained in Framework Adjustment 38 (Framework 38)
April 28, 2003
NMFS issues this final rule to implement measures contained in Framework Adjustment 37 (Framework 37)
September 1, 2000
NMFS issues this final rule to implement measures contained in Framework Adjustment 35 (Framework 35)
April 28, 2000
NMFS issues this final rule to implement measures contained in Framework Adjustment 32 to the Northeast