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NOAA Fisheries Announces Common Pool Area Closure for Witch Flounder

We are closing the Trimester Total Allowable Catch Area for witch flounder to common pool vessels on groundfish trips fishing with trawl gear for the remainder of Trimester 2, through December 31.

The closure is effective November 9 at 0845. The area will reopen at the beginning of Trimester 3, January 1, 2017.

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

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If you have crossed the vessel monitoring system demarcation line prior to 0845 on November 9 and are currently at sea on a groundfish trip, you may complete your trip in all or part of the closed area

We are required to close this area because the common pool fishery is projected to have caught 90 percent of its Trimester 2 Total Allowable Catch for witch flounder. This closure is intended to prevent an overage of the common pool's quota for this stock.

For more details, read the notice as filed today in the Federal Register and the permit holder bulletin.

Questions? Contact Liz Sullivan at 978-282-8493 or