The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) is conducting scoping for a scallop fishery Limited Access days-at-sea (DAS) and access area leasing program to assess: (1) the need for a leasing program; and (2) what elements the leasing program should consider. The Council is interested in gathering input from the public before committing to initiating an action that would develop a leasing program.

The Council will conduct seven in-person scoping meetings and two webinar meetings to gather public input.

The New England Fishery Management Council will conduct in-person scoping meetings from April 27 through June 2, 2022 at the locations marked above. Two webinar meetings are scheduled for June 17 and June 24, 2022.

In September of 2022, the Council will decide whether to initiate an amendment to the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery Management Plan (FMP) that may allow the leasing of access area allocations and DAS in the Limited Access component of the fishery.

The Council is scheduled to approve a scoping document for limited access leasing at its April 12-14, 2022 meeting. The scoping document will include background information and provide you with a list of questions that the Council is seeking your input on.

This scoping process is being conducted by the Council in response to a request by industry members to consider leasing in the Limited Access component. If an amendment moves forward, the Council will use the information gathered in this scoping process to inform the scope of the action and range of alternatives that are developed.

Q: Where can I find more information?

A: More information is available in the Scoping Meeting Notice and in the Scoping Document.

Q: How do I provide comments?

A: You can attend a scoping meeting and offer oral comments. Meeting dates and locations are listed in the Scoping Meeting Notice. Also, the Council welcomes written comments. The comment deadline is 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 5, 2022.

  • Be sure to label your correspondence as “Atlantic Sea Scallop Limited Access Leasing Scoping Comments” and send by email, fax, or mail as follows:
  • Email:;
  • Fax: (978) 465-3116; or
  • Mail:
    Tom Nies, Executive Director
    New England Fishery Management Council
    50 Water Street, Mill #2 Newburyport, MA 01950