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Reminder Notice for Area 4 Federal Lobster Permit Holders

Sustainable  Fisheries Division
(978) 281 –9315
April 27, 2018

Lobster Conservation Management Area 4 Seasonal Closure

Effective Date: April 30, 2018, through May 31, 2018

Lobster fishing is prohibited in Lobster Conservation Management Area (LCMA) 4 during this seasonal closure. Federal lobster permit holders may not possess or land lobster taken from LCMA 4 from April 30 through May 31, 2018. A previous notice outlining the closure was distributed on March 1, 2018.

If you have a federal lobster permit, you must remove ALL trap gear from Area 4 regardless of the species targeted. Federal trap fishers may not haul, set, store, abandon, or in any way leave their traps in Area 4 waters during the seasonal closure.

Lobster fishermen have a one-week grace period from May 24–31 to re-set gear in the closed area. During the grace period, re-set traps may not be hauled and no lobster may be possessed or landed.

Figure 1.  Lobster Conservation Management Areas

For small entity compliance guides, this bulletin complies with section 212 of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement and Fairness Act of 1996.  This notice is authorized by the Regional Administrator of the National Marine Fisheries Service, Greater Atlantic Region.