The Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog (SCOQ) Excessive Shares Amendment will consider options to ensure that no individual, corporation, or other entity acquires an excessive share of the Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Individual Transferable Quota (ITQ) privileges. In addition, the goals and objectives for the SCOQ FMP will be reviewed and potentially revised.
Excessive Shares: National Standard 4 (NS4) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) mandates that when fishing privileges are allocated among various United States fishermen such allocation must be "carried out in such manner that no particular individual, corporation, or other entity acquires an excessive share of such privileges.” To be consistent with NS4, the Council is required to develop measures which specifically define what constitutes an excessive share in the SCOQ ITQ program. This could be expressed as a percent cap or other measure.
Goals and Objectives: The Council is initiating a process to develop revised goals and objectives for the SCOQ FMP in support of the 2014-2018 Strategic Plan and 2017 Implementation Plan, which identify reviewing and updating FMP goals and objectives as a Council priority. This initiative will allow the Council to revisit and “refresh” FMP goals and objectives to ensure that they are consistent with today’s fishery and management context.
José Montañez, (302) 526-5258, firstname.lastname@example.org
Scoping hearings for this amendment were held in July 2017. The Council considered these comments at the August 2017 Council Meeting and agreed to proceed with development of a range of alternatives for discussion at a future meeting.