Red Crab Plan Overview

The Atlantic Deep-Sea Red Crab Fishery Management Plan (FMP) was developed by the Council and implemented by NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) in October 2002, bringing this fishery under regulation for the first time. The FMP requires that the Council recommend an annual catch limit (ACL) and total allowable landings (TAL) that will control the fishing mortality rate (F) for periods of up to three years. Estimates of stock size, coupled with the target F, allow for a calculation of acceptable biological catch (ABC), which is recommended to the Council by its Scientific and Statistical Committee.

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Plan Amendments, Frameworks, and Specifications

Plan Amendments

June 30, 2015
This action establishes standards of precision for bycatch estimation for all Northeast Region fisheries.
September 29, 2011
This final rule implements measures that were approved in Amendment 3 to the Atlantic Deep-Sea Red Crab Fishery Management Plan
April 9, 2018
This action implements approved regulations for the New England Fishery Management Council’s Omnibus Essential Fish Habitat Amendment 2. This rule revises essential fish habitat and habitat area of particular concern designations, revises or creates habitat management areas, including gear restrictions, to protect vulnerable habitat from fishing gear impacts, establishes dedicated habitat research areas, and implements several administrative measures related to reviewing these measures, as well as other regulatory adjustments to implement these measures. This action is necessary to comply with the requirements of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to periodically review essential fish habitat designations and protections. The measures are designed to minimize to the extent practicable the adverse effects of fishing on essential fish habitat.
February 27, 2008

Framework Adjustments/Specifications

February 22, 2017
August 31, 2005
This final rule modifies the existing annual review and specification process by allowing specifications to be set for up to 3 years at a time, and continues the current target total allowable catch (TAC) of 5.928 million lb (2.69 million kg) and fleet days-at-sea (DAS) of 780 fleet DAS for fishing year (FY) 2006 and FY2007.
December 13, 2013