This final rule contains two modifications to the current windowpane flounder accountability measures
First, the size of the accountability measure gearrestricted areas can be reduced if we determine that improvements in windowpane flounder stock health occurred despite the catch limits being exceeded.

Second, the duration of the accountability measure can be shortened if we determine that an overage of the catch limit did not occur in the year following the overage. This action allows us to implement accountability measures based on more current survey and catch data and increases fishing opportunities for the groundfish fishery while still preventing overfishing.

Final Rule

Framework Adjustment 52 July , 2014

FW52 Appendix I, dated June 2, 2014

Addendum to Draft FW52 Draft Economic Impact Analysis