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Framework Adjustment 7 developed to adjust the annual catch target for the Northern Fishery Management Area to be consistent with the most recent scientific advice regarding the acceptable biological catch for monkfish.

The New England Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee recommended a revision to the acceptable biological catch based on information from the 50th Northeast Regional Stock Assessment Review Committee. Framework Adjustment 7 specifies a new days-at-sea allocation and trip limits for the Northern Fishery Management Area consistent with the new annual catch target, and establishes revised biomass reference points for the Northern and Southern Fishery Management Areas.

Final Rule