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NOAA Fisheries Announces Cape Cod/Gulf of MaineYellowtail Trimester Total Allowable Catch Area Closure

June 15, 2016

Effective at 4:15 pm on June 15, we are closing the Cape Cod/Gulf of Maine yellowtail flounder Trimester 1 Total Allowable Catch Area (statistical areas 514 and 521) to common pool vessels fishing with gillnet or trawl gear for the remainder of Trimester 1. 

The area will reopen on September 1.

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 closing these areas because the common pool fishery is projected to have caught 90 percent of its Trimester 1 Total Allowable Catch for yellowtail. 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 permit holder bulletin (pdf).

Questions? Contact Liz Sullivan Regional Office, at 978-282-8493 or