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NOAA Fisheries Announces Common Pool Area Closure for Gulf of Maine Haddock

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 29, 2018

Effective at 08:45 hours on June 29, 2018, statistical areas 513, 514, and 515 are closed for the remainder of Trimester 1, through August 31, 2018. During this closure, common pool vessels fishing with trawl, sink gillnet, or longline/hook gear, including handgear vessels, may not fish for, harvest, land, or possess regulated multispecies in or from this area. The closure is required because 90 percent of the Trimester 1 Total Allowable Catch for Gulf of Maine haddock has been caught. This area will reopen at the beginning of Trimester 2, at 0001 hours, September 1, 2018

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. If you have set sink gillnet gear prior toJune 29, 2018, you may complete your trip to retrieve that gear.

For more information read the permit holder bulletin on our website and the final rule filed in the Federal Register this morning. 

Questions? Contact Spencer Talmage, Regional Office, at 978-281-9232.