New England Council adopts action alternatives in Amendment 3

At its September meeting in Plymouth, MA the New England Fishery Management Council voted to adopt four actions in Amendment 3:  1B Allow 3% of commercial quota to be set aside for RSA, 2B  Update essential fish habitat (EFH) definitions, 3B  Maintain management measures until replaced via rulemaking, 4B  Eliminate seasonal allocation of the quota.  The Mid-Atlantic Council will adopt action alternatives at its October meeting and the amendment will be effective May 1, 2013.