Dear Sea Scallop Permit Holder:
This is to inform you that Framework Adjustment 21 to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan (FMP) was recently approved and the following measures are effective on February 20, 1997:
General category scallop permit holders and limited access scallop vessels not fishing under a day-at-sea (DAS) may fish for sea scallops in the area defined as the "Small Mesh Northern Shrimp Exemption Area" (see attached chart) , provided that the scallop dredge does not exceed 10.5 feet in width, or in combined width if two dredges are used. This exemption does not apply to the Mid-coast Closure Areas (see attached charts) and prohibits the landing or possession of any species other than Atlantic sea scallops.
This letter is only a summary of the major measures and has no legal force or effect. There are other requirements that may not be mentioned. To read the requirements in their entirety, you are urged to obtain a complete copy of the regulations by calling 508-281-9278.
SMALL MESH NORTHERN SHRIMP FISHERY EXEMPTION AREA
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|G2||4358'||6722'; (the U.S.-Canada maritime Boundary).|
/1/ Northward along the irregular U.S.-Canada maritime boundary to the shoreline.
For the calendar year 1997, vessels are only subject to the Jeffreys Ledge Closure Area, during the period May 1 through May 31.
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1 Maine Shoreline
For 1998 and beyond, vessels are subject to the Mid-Coast Closure Area, during the period May 10 through May 30.
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/1/ Massachusetts shoreline.
/2/ Maine shoreline.
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