NMFS News Release





Northeast Regional Office
One Blackburn Drive
Gloucester, MA 01930




Framework 21 to the Multispecies FMP Clarification

Date: March 3, 1997

***NOTICE***

On February 20, 1997, you were informed that Framework Adjustment 21 to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan was approved. The letter explained that general category scallop permit holders and limited access scallop vessels not fishing under a day-at-sea may fish for sea scallops in the area defined as the "Small Mesh Northern Shrimp Exemption Area", provided that the scallop dredge does not exceed 10.5 feet in width, or in combined width if two dredges are used. The letter also informed you that the exemption did not apply to the Mid-coast Closure Area and prohibited the landing or possession of any species other than Atlantic sea scallops.

This notice is to clarify that in addition to the Mid-coast Closure Area (see attached chart) and the gear restrictions mentioned above, scallop dredge vessels may not fish in the Northeast Closure Area, the Jeffreys Ledge Closure Area, or the Massachusetts Bay Closure Area during the periods specified on the following pages. For further information please call 508-281-9278.


SMALL MESH NORTHERN SHRIMP FISHERY EXEMPTION AREA

Point N. Lat. W. Long.
SM1 4135' 7000'
SM2 4135' 6940'
SM3 4249.5' 6940'
SM4 4312' 6900'
SM5 4341' 6800'
G2 4358' 6722'; (the U.S.-Canada maritime Boundary).
G1 (/1/) (/1/)

/1/ Northward along the irregular U.S.-Canada maritime boundary to the shoreline.


MID-COAST CLOSURE AREAS ARE DEFINED BELOW:

Jeffreys Ledge Closure Area

For the calendar year 1997, vessels are only subject to the Jeffreys Ledge Closure Area, during the period May 1 through May 31.

Point N. Lat. W. Long.
JL8 4330' (/1/)
JL9 4330' 7000'
JL10 4230' 7000'
JL11 4230' 7030'
JL12 (/1/) 7030'

(/1/) Maine Shoreline

MID-COAST CLOSURE AREA

For 1998 and beyond, vessels are subject to the Mid-Coast Closure Area, during the period May 10 through May 30.

Point N. lat. W. long.
MC1 4230' (1)
MC2 4230' 7015'
MC3 4240' 7015'
MC4 4240' 7000'
MC5 4300' 7000'
MC6 4300' 6930'
MC7 4315' 6930'
MC8 4315' 6900'
MC9 (2) 6900'

/1/ Massachusetts shoreline.

/2/ Maine shoreline.


Northeast Closure Area

Closed during the period of August 15 through September 13.

Point N. Lat. W. Long.
NE1 (/1/) 6855.0'
NE2 4329.6' 6855.0'
NE3 4404.4' 6748.7'
NE4 4406.9' 6752.8'
NE5 4431.2' 6702.7'
NE6 (/1/) 6702.7'

/1/ Maine shoreline


Massachusetts Bay Closure Area

Closed during the period March 1 through March 30.

Point N. Lat. W. Long.
MB1 4230' (/1/)
MB2 4230' 7030'
MB3 4212' 7030'
MB4 4212' 7000'
MB5 (/2/) 7000'
MB6 4200' (/2/)
MB7 4200' (/1/)

/1/ Massachusetts shoreline.

/2/ Cape Cod shoreline.



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