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Modifications to the Southern Scup Gear Restricted Area

Contact:
Sustainable  Fisheries Division
(978) 281-9315
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
November 8, 2016

Effective Date: January 1, 2017

We have published a final rule that adjusts the southern and eastern boundaries of the Southern Scup Gear Restricted Area, which is in effect from January 1 through March 15 of each year.

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council recommended these changes in order to increase access to traditional squid fishing areas, while maintaining protection for juvenile scup.  The figure below shows the new boundaries of the Southern GRA, compared to the previous boundaries.  The new point-by-point coordinates are also provided.

No other changes were made to the regulations pertaining to the Southern GRA: Vessels fishing for squid, black sea bass, and whiting in this area from January 1 through March 15 of each year are restricted from using mesh smaller than the 5.0-inch minimum scup mesh size.  We have made no changes to the boundaries of the Northern Scup GRA.

Southern Scup Gear Restricted Area


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Southern Gear Restricted Area Coordinates

Point

Latitude

Longitude

SGA1

39° 20' N

72° 37' W

SGA2

39° 4.38' N

72° 47.22' W

SGA3

38° 28.65' N

73° 29.37' W

SGA4

38° 29.72' N

73° 30.65' W

SGA5

38° 26.32' N

73° 33.44' W

SGA6

38° 25.08' N

73° 34.99' W

SGA7

38° 13.15' N

73° 49.77' W

SGA8

38° 13.74' N

73° 50.73' W

SGA9

38° 11.98' N

73° 52.65' W

SGA10

37° 29.53' N

74° 29.95' W

SGA11

37° 29.43' N

74° 30.29' W

SGA12

37° 28.6' N

74° 30.6' W

SGA13

37° 6.97' N

74° 40.8' W

SGA14

37° 5.83' N

74° 45.57' W

SGA15

37° 4.43' N

74° 41.03' W

SGA16

37° 3.5' N

74° 40.39' W

SGA17

37° N

74° 43' W

SGA18

37° N

75° 3' W

SGA19

38° N

74° 23' W

SGA20

39° 20' N

72° 53' W

SGA1

39° 20' N

72° 37' W