CMP Framework Amendment 9
(Commercial Spanish Mackerel Accountability Measures)
The Council chose to discontinue work on this amendment until results from the upcoming stock assessment are available.
During the June 2019 meeting the Council reviewed concerns from the Mackerel Cobia Advisory Panel and directed staff to prepare a white paper with a thorough analysis of effort in the commercial Spanish mackerel fishery. The white paper also included discussion of possible avenues to control effort, including: a limited access commercial permit, a limited access gillnet endorsement in the southern zone, and collaboration with state agencies.
Staff presented the results contained in the white paper during the September 2019 meeting. After reviewing the white paper the Council directed staff to begin an amendment to address commercial Atlantic Spanish mackerel accountability measures and trip limits for the Northern Zone.
The Council reviewed a draft public hearing document at the December 2019 Meeting that contained three actions (in-season AMs, post-season AMs, and trip limits). Robert Beal, Executive Director of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC), clarified that the ASMFC Interstate Fisheries Management Plan for Spanish Mackerel does not require states to close their waters to commercial harvest of Spanish mackerel when a federal closure occurs. Based on the information provided by ASMFC, the Committee determined that it was no longer necessary to immediately address Spanish mackerel accountability measures, but that a trip limit reduction in the Northern Zone would help to extend the commercial Spanish mackerel season in federal waters.
The Council approved the inclusion of an action to reduce the commercial Spanish mackerel trip limit in the Northern Zone. The amendment was approved for public hearings which will January 22 & 23, 2020. At the March 2020 meeting the Council will review public comment and consider approving the amendment for formal review.
At the March 2020 meeting staff noted that the analysis predicts the range of alternatives would only extend the commercial Spanish mackerel season in the Northern Zone by two to five days. In addition, North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries (NC DMF) staff stated they intend to issue proclamations with new regulations for the commercial small mesh gill net fishery, including yardage limits and attendance requirements. Based on this information, the Council chose to discontinue work on this amendment until results from the upcoming stock assessment are available. The Spanish mackerel operational stock assessment is currently in the planning stage and is tentatively scheduled to begin in 2021.
GET INVOLVED –
- Pre-Scoping: September 2019
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