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NOAA Fisheries Extends the Emergency Action to Removes the Southern Windowpane Flounder Accountability Measures for Non-Groundfish Trawl Vessels

February 26, 2018

On September 1, 2017, we removed the southern windowpane flounder accountability measure for non-groundfish trawl vessels through February 28, 2018.

Through this action, we are extending that rule through the remainder of the 2017 fishing year, April 30, 2018.

Non-groundfish trawl vessels fishing with a 5-inch or greater codend mesh size are not required to use approved selective trawl gear (haddock separator trawl, rope separator trawl, or Ruhle trawl) in the southern windowpane flounder AM areas.

Read the temporary rule as published in the Federal Register.

Questions? Contact Jennifer Goebel, Regional Office, at 978-281-9175.