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

February 7, 2020
This Amendment is part of the Omnibus Industry-Funded Monitoring Amendment and Environmental Assessment.
February 7, 2020
This Amendment is part of the Omnibus Industry-Funded Monitoring Amendment and Environmental Assessment.
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.
February 27, 2008

Framework Adjustments/Specifications

April 14, 2020
This action proposes fishing year 2020-2023 specifications for the Atlantic deep-sea red crab fishery.
May 19, 2020
Omnibus Clam Dredge Framework
February 22, 2017
February 22, 2017
This action implements specifications for the 2017 Atlantic deep-sea red crab fishery, including an annual catch limit and total allowable landings limit, and projects quotas for 2018–2019. This action is necessary to establish allowable red crab harvest levels that will prevent overfishing and allow harvesting of optimum yield. This action is intended to establish the allowable 2017 harvest levels, consistent with the Atlantic Deep-Sea Red Crab Fishery Management Plan.

December 26, 2018
This action finalizes specifications for the 2019 Atlantic deep-sea red crab fishery, including an annual catch limit and total allowable landings limit. This action is necessary to fully implement previously projected allowable red crab harvest levels that will prevent overfishing and allow harvesting of optimum yield. This action is intended to establish the allowable 2019 harvest levels, consistent with the Atlantic Deep-Sea Red Crab Fishery Management Plan.

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