Gulf of Maine Scallops

The Gulf of Maine scallop fishery is making a comeback. The Fishermen's Association is working to develop a sustainable fishery for Maine.

For the first time in almost two decades, scallops are rebuilding in the Gulf of Maine. The return of scallops to federal waters offers a fantastic opportunity for Maine's fleet. The Fishermen's Association is working with Maine scallop fishermen to build a sustainable fishery. 

Amendment 21

The New England Fishery Management Council is initiating the development of an amendment (Amendment 21) to the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery Management Plan.

Your input is needed to identify a range of alternatives that should be considered in Amendment 21.

The Council is planning to develop measures that will support a growing directed scallop fishery in federal waters in the Gulf of Maine. To do so, the action will consider measures that would prevent unrestrained removals from the NGOM management area and allow for orderly access to the scallop resource in this area by the all permit holders. This includes establishing mechanisms to set allowable catches and accurately monitor catch and bycatch.

Public Scoping

Issues the Amendment will address:


1.    Measures related to the Northern Gulf of Maine (NGOM) Management Area.
2.    Limited Access General Category (LAGC) individual fishing quota (IFQ) possession limits.
3.    Ability of Limited Access vessels with LAGC IFQ to transfer quota to LAGC IFQ only vessels.

For issues pertaining to the Northern Gulf of Maine Management Area: 

  • The Council is planning to develop measures that will support a growing directed scallop fishery in federal waters in the NGOM. To do so, the action will consider measures that would:
    •    Prevent unrestrained removals from the NGOM management area
    •    Allow for orderly access to the scallop resource in this area by the LAGC and LA components. 
    •    Establish mechanisms to set allowable catches and accurately monitor catch and bycatch

     

 

Read the full scoping document at the NEFMC website HERE

Make Your Opinion Heard

The New England Fishery Management Council Will be holding a series of public hearings that you can attend to make comments, propose ideas, or make your concerns known.

Written comments should be sent to:

Thomas A. Nies,

Executive Director, New England Fishery Management Council,

50 Water Street, Mill 2, Newburyport, MA 01950;

Fax (978) 465–3116.

Email: comments@nefmc.org

 

The deadline for written comments is 5 p.m. EST on April 15, 2019

Need some help? Check out our blog outlining MCFA's public comments or download a draft word document that you can use as a template and edit.

The Northern Gulf of Maine
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December 13, 2017

An MCFA overview

Last year, a stock assessment set the total harvest goal at a little over 400,000lbs of scallops. Unfortunately, regulatory loopholes allowed one set of permits to fish within the NGOM area with little constraint and over 1,000,000lbs of scallops were taken out of area. 

March 01, 2018

Bangor Daily News

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 At Downeast Dayboat, we take their precious catch and carefully and quickly package it for shipment directly to you, always within 24 hours of harvest.

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Fishermen Resources

January 01, 2020

A scallop regulations story map

For the 2018 fishing year, we made important changes to the managed waters for the Atlantic Sea Scallop fishery. This story map will give you a quick tour of the regulations for the Scallop fishery for fishing year 2018.

March 21, 2017

Track the landings for the NGOM

scallop landings for the current fishing season in federal waters for the Northern Gulf of Maine

June 13, 2018

From the Department of Marine Resources

Rules and regulations for the state waters fishery

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Maine Coast Fishermen's Association

An industry-based nonprofit that identifies and fosters ways to restore the fisheries of the Gulf of Maine and sustain Maine's fishing communities for future generations. 

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