Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Excessive Shares Amendment

Overview

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. 

Contact

José Montañez, (302) 526-5258, jmontanez@mafmc.org

Status

October 2017: The Council was presented with a revised set of goals and objectives developed by the Fishery Management Action Team in consultation with the Fisheries Leadership and Sustainability Forum (FF). After reviewing feedback from public scoping hearings, interviews with advisors and Committee members conducted by FF, and considering additional public testimony, the Council approved the revised goals and objectives for inclusion in a public hearing document for the SCOQ Excessive Share Amendment. The Council and public will have additional opportunities to provide input on this issue during the continued development of the amendment.

September 2017: The FMAT reviewed the draft synthesis document (prepared by the Fisheries Forum) and provided guidance and/or specific recommendations to support the Council’s discussion of revised FMP goals and objectives.

August 2017: The Council considered scoping comments at the August 2017 Council Meeting and agreed to proceed with development of a range of alternatives that would ensure that no individual, corporation, or other entity acquires an excessive share of the Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Individual Transferable Quota privileges for discussion at a future meeting.

July 2017: The Council held four scoping hearings and accepted written comments to gather public input on the Excessive Shares Amendment.

Meetings

Documents