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NOAA Fisheries Announces Closure of Nantucket Lightship North Scallop Access Area for Limited Access General Category Fleet

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 14, 2016

Effective at 0001 on June 16, we are closing the Nantucket Lightship North Scallop Access Area to the Limited Access General Category (LACG) Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) scallop fleet.

As of June 16, 2016, no scallop vessel fishing under LAGC IFQ regulations may fish for, possess, or land scallops in or from the Nantucket Lightship North Access Area. The scallop regulations require that we close this area once we project that the LAGC fleet has fished all of the 485 trips allocated to them in this area.

Vessels that have complied with the observer notification requirements, have declared a trip into the Nantucket Lightship North Scallop Access Area using the correct Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) code, and have crossed the VMS demarcation line before 0001 on June 16 may complete their trip and retain and land scallops caught from the Nantucket Lightship North Scallop Access Area.

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

To review the Atlantic Sea Scallop management areas, check out our story map.

Questions? Contact Shannah Jaburek, Regional Office, at 978-282-8456 or shannah.jaburek@noaa.gov.