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NOAA Fisheries Announces Increase in Common Pool Possession and Trip Limits for Gulf of Maine Cod and Witch Flounder

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 12, 2019

Effective at 0001 hours on March 13, 2019

The common pool possession and trip limits for Gulf of Maine (GOM) cod and witch flounder are increased, as summarized in the table below, for the remainder of the 2018 fishing year, through April 30, 2019.

Stock

Permit

Current

New

GOM cod

A Days-at-Sea (DAS)

50 lb per DAS, up to 100 lb per trip

100 lb per DAS, up to 200 lb per trip

Handgear A

50 lb per trip

100 lb per trip

Handgear B

25 lb per trip

25 lb per trip

Small Vessel Category*

50 lb per trip

100 lb trip

Witch flounder

A DAS

400 lb per trip

600 lb per trip

Handgear A

Handgear B

Small Vessel Category

*The Small Vessel Category trip limit of 300 lb of cod, yellowtail flounder, and haddock combined remains in place.

For more information read the rule as filed in the Federal Register or the bulletin as posted on our website.

Questions?

Fishermen: Contact Spencer Talmage, Sustainable Fisheries, 978-281-9232  Media: Contact Jennifer Goebel, Regional Office, 978-281-9175