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Harbor Porpoise Take Reduction Plan - Quick Summary

New England Component

The New England portion of the HPTRP pertains to all fishing with sink gillnets and other gillnets capable of catching multispecies in New England waters from Maine through Rhode Island east of 72° 30’ W longitude (see map). Vessels using pelagic gillnets/baitnets (as described in 50 CFR 648.81 (f)(2)(ii)) are exempt from this plan. It includes time and area closures, some of which are complete closures. Others are closures to multispecies gillnet fishing unless pingers are used in the prescribed manner. 


Management Measures for New England

Areas 

Dates

Restrictions

Northeast Closure Area

August 15 to September 13 No Gillnets

Mid-Coast Management Area

September 15 to May 31 Gillnets with pingers

Massachusetts Bay Management Area

 

 

November 1 to February 28/29 Gillnets with pingers
March 1-31

No Gillnets

April 1 to May 31

Gillnets with pingers

Stellwagen Bank Management Area

November 1- May 31 Gillnets with pingers

Southern New England Management Area

December 1- May 31

(Except in Cape Cod South Closure Area in March – see below)

Gillnets with pingers

Cape Cod South Closure Area (Located within Southern New England Management Area)

March 1-31 No Gillnets

Offshore Management Area
(Surrounding Cashes Ledge Closure Area)

November 1 to May 31

(Except in Cashes Ledge Closure Area in February – see below)

Gillnets with pingers

Cashes Ledge Closure Area
(Located within Offshore Management  Area)

February 1-28/29 No Gillnets

Mid-Atlantic Component

The Mid-Atlantic portion of the HPTRP pertains to waters west of 72° 30’ W. longitude to the Mid-Atlantic shoreline from the Connecticut/New York border to the North Carolina/South Carolina border (see map). It includes time and area closures to gillnet fishing unless the gear meets certain specifications. Gillnet fishing in Mid-Atlantic waters during regulated periods is regulated differently for small mesh and large mesh gear. The plan also includes some time and area closures in which gillnet fishing is prohibited regardless of the gear specifications.

 

Large Mesh Gillnet Fisheries in the Mid-Atlantic
(Mesh Size 7-18 inches)

Area

Gear Modifications Required

CLOSED (No Gillnets)

Waters off New Jersey Management Area

Jan. 1 through March 31;
April 21 through April 30 

April 1 through April 20

Mudhole North Management Area
(Located within the Waters off New Jersey)

Jan. 1 through April 30
 

Feb. 15 through March 15;  April 1-April 20

Mudhole South Management Area (Located within the Waters off New Jersey)

 Jan. 1 through Jan. 31; March 16 through March 31; April 21 through April 30

 Feb. 1- March 15; April 1-April 20

Southern Mid-Atlantic Management Area

Feb. 1 through Feb. 14;
March 16 through April 30

Feb. 15 through March 15

 

Small Mesh Gillnet Fishery in the Mid-Atlantic
(Mesh Size >5 inches to < 7 inches)

Area

Gear Modifications Required

CLOSED (No Gillnets)

Waters off New Jersey Management Area

Jan. 1 through April 30

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Mudhole North Management Area
(Located within the Waters off New Jersey)

Jan. 1 through April 30
 

Feb. 15 through March 15

Mudhole South Management Area (Located within the Waters off New Jersey)

Jan. 1 through Jan. 31; March 16 through April 30

Feb, 1- March 15

Southern Mid-Atlantic Management Area

Feb. 1 through April 30

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