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NOAA Fisheries Announces Witch Flounder Catch Area Closure for Common Pool

June 8, 2016

Effective 16:15 on June 8, we are closing the Witch Flounder Trimester Total Allowable Catch Area to common pool vessels fishing with trawl gear for the remainder of Trimester 1 (though August 31).

The closure applies to the following statistical areas:  512, 513, 514, 515, 521, 522, and 525. 

If you have crossed the vessel monitoring system demarcation line and are currently at sea on a groundfish trip, you may complete your trip in all or part of the closed areas.

We are taking this action because the common pool fishery has caught 90 percent of its Trimester 1 Total Allowable Catch for witch flounder.

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

Questions? Contact Liz Scheimer, Regional Office, at 978-281-9236 or