→ Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Jonah Crab

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The National Marine Fisheries Service ‘are proposing the implement regulations for the Jonah crab fishery in Federal waters.’ The fishery is not currently managed in federal waters and has seen a recent rapid increase in landings. In 2015, the first state-level management plan was established by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.  This action by the National Marine Fisheries Service will ‘ensure compatibility between state and Federal Jonah crab management measures.’ The plan includes six management measures for the commercial fishery: permitting, minimum size, broodstock protection, incidental limit, incidental catch definition, and dealer permits and reporting. Two management measures are proposed for recreational fishery: broodstock protection and catch limit.