The New England Fishery Management Council conducted 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 gathered input from the public on this topic through a series of scoping meetings and through written comments. The scoping period concluded at 8 a.m. on July 5, 2022.

Three documents summarizing the comments received can be found at the following links:

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.

Q: Where can I find more information?

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

The New England Fishery Management Council conducted in-person scoping meetings from April 27 through June 2, 2022 at the locations marked below. Two webinar meetings were also held on June 17 and June 24, 2022.