Weathervane Scallop Fisheries in Alaska
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National Marine Fisheries Service, Alaska Regional Office

Alaska Scallop Fisheries

Weathervane Scallop Fisheries Management

weathervane scallop shell
Weathervane scallop shell. Photo: NOAA Fisheries

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) prepared the Fishery Management Plan for the Scallop Fishery Off Alaska (scallop FMP) under the authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. Under the scallop FMP, management of all aspects of the scallop fishery, except limited access, is delegated to the State of Alaska. To limit access, the Council developed a scallop licence limitation program. NMFS implemented this program in 2000. NMFS and the Council also developed overfishing definitions and essential fish habitat for scallops.

The scallop fishery harvests weathervane scallops (Patinopecten caurinus). State regulations establish guideline harvest levels for different scallop registration areas, fishing seasons, open and closed fishing areas, the scallop observer program, bycatch limits, gear restrictions, and measures to limit processing efficiency (including a ban on the use of mechanical shucking machines and a limitation on crew size). The gear regulations limit vessels to using no more than 2, 15-foot (4.5 m) dredges, except in Cook Inlet (State Registration Area H) where vessels are limited to using a single 6-foot (1.8m) scallop dredge.

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Scallop Fishery Management

NMFS Alaska

  • Scallop Licence Limitation Program
    • 76 FR 61996, October 6, 2011. Notice of approval of Amendment 13 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Scallop fishery off Alaska to implement an annual catch limit and accountability measures to prevent overfishing in the target fishery for weathervane scallops. The amendment was approved on September 30, 2011.
    • 76 FR 40674, July 11, 2011. Notice of availability of Amendment 13 to the FMP for the Scallop fishery off Alaska. Comment period through September 9, 2011.
    • 70 FR 39964, July 11, 2005. Final rule to implement Amendment 10 the FMP for the scallop fishery off Alaska. Effective August 10, 2005.
    • 70 FR 15063, March 24, 2005. Notice of availability for proposed Amendment 10 to modify the gear endorsements under the LLP for the scallop fishery to increase the dredge size allowed on vessels that qualify for the gear restriction endorsement. Comment period through May 23, 2005.
    • 63 FR 66112, December 1, 1998. Notice of Availability - Overfishing Definitions
  • Essential Fish Habitat

State of Alaska

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