This framework adjustment to the Northeast Skate Complex Fishery Management Plan (FMP) stems from the development of Amendment 5, through which the Council considered revising FMP objectives and developing a limited access skate permit and other measures that may prevent the triggering of incidental possession limits, improve catch reporting, and more clearly define participants in the federal skate fishery. In September 2021, the Council decided to stop work on Amendment 5 and initiate a framework adjustment to further consider a sub-set of the issues developed through Amendment 5: updating the FMP objectives and revising the conditions of the open-access federal skate fishing permit.

Skate Framework Adjustment 9 Discussion Document – Working Draft