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NOAA Fisheries Announces Common Pool Area Closure for Georges Bank Cod

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 13, 2016

We are closing the Trimester Total Allowable Catch Area for Georges Bank cod to common pool vessels on groundfish trips fishing with trawl, sink gillnet, and longline/hook gear for the remainder of Trimester 1, through August 31. 

Current Common Pool Closures by Gear Type

The closure is effective today, July 13, at 4:15 pm.

The closure applies to the following statistical areas: 521, 522, 525, and 561. See the map below for all current common pool closures.

If you have crossed the vessel monitoring system demarcation line prior to 4:15 pm on July 13 and are currently at sea on a groundfish trip, you may complete your trip in all or part of the closed areas.

We are required to close this area because the common pool fishery is projected to have caught 90 percent of its Trimester 1 Total Allowable Catch for Georges Bank cod. This closure is intended to prevent an overage of the common pool's quota for this stock

For more details, read the notice (pdf) as filed this afternoon in the Federal Register and the fishery bulletin (pdf).

Questions? Contact Liz Sullivan, Regional Office, at 978-282-8493 or Liz.Sullivan@noaa.gov