Slippage Framework (Framework 9 to the Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish FMP)


This framework adjustment to the Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fishery Management Plan establishes measures to enhance catch monitoring and address slippage (catch that is discarded before it has been sampled by observers) in the Atlantic mackerel fishery.

Framework Adjustment 9 to the Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish FMP


On August 12, 2015, NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service published a final rule implementing the provisions of Framework 9. The following slippage consequences will become effective September 11, 2015 for all limited access (Tier 1, 2, and 3) Atlantic mackerel vessels carrying an observer: 

  • If slippage occurs due to safety, mechanical failure, or excess catch of spiny dogfish, the vessel has to move and remain at least 15 nautical miles from the location of slippage; and
  • If slippage occurs for any other reason, the vessel must terminate its trip immediately and return to port.

In addition, vessel operator must report a slippage event when it occurs on observed trips via the vessel monitoring system. Additional details can be found in the permit holder letter



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