Timing of Accountability Measure-Based Closures

Fishers in the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) and Puerto Rico have expressed to the Caribbean Fishery Management Council (Council) that extending accountability measure (AM)-based closures through the end of the year results in negative socio-economic impacts, for example, by resulting in repetitive and potentially overlapping closures during the important Christmas holiday season. To address this issue, the Council is evaluating alternative timeframes for closure dates other than the standard end of the year closures in the event of an overage of the annual catch limit (ACL) for a species or species complex.  The Council’s goals for this action are to remain within the ACL and lessen the socio-economic impact of AMs. 

To reach the Caribbean Operations Branch staff, please call 727-824-5305.

Point of Contact 

María del Mar López

Maria.Lopez@noaa.gov 

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