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Effective on December 24 - Mid-Atlantic Scallop Access Area is Closed for the Limited Access General Category Individual Fishing Quota Fleet

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
December 21, 2018

NOAA Fisheries announces the closure of the Mid-Atlantic Access Area to limited access general category (LAGC) individual fishing quota (IFQ) scallop vessels effective 0001 hours, on December 24, 2018 through March 31, 2019. 

As of December 24, 2018, no scallop vessel fishing under LAGC IFQ regulations may fish for, possess, or land scallops in or from the Mid-Atlantic Access Area. The scallop regulations require that we close this area once we project that the LAGC fleet has fished all of the 1,142 trips allocated for this area.

Vessels that have complied with the observer notification requirements, have declared a trip into the Mid-Atlantic Scallop Access Area using the correct Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) code, and have crossed the VMS demarcation line before 0001 hr, December 24, 2018, may complete their trip and retain and land scallops caught from the Mid-Atlantic Scallop Access Area.

For more details and a map, please read the rule as filed in the Federal Register and our permit holder bulletin posted on our website.

Questions?

Fishermen: Contact Shannah Jaburek, Sustainable Fisheries Division, 978-282-8456

Media: Contact Jennifer Goebel, Regional Office, 978-281-9175