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Northeast Regional Office
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Lobster/Mobile Gear Conflict Areas

IMPORTANT NOTICE

PLEASE READ IMMEDIATELY

Date: March 5, 1997

Dear Permit Holder:

This is to inform you that Framework Adjustment 22 to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan (FMP) and Framework Adjustment 4 to the American Lobster FMP were recently approved and the following measures are effective on March 17, 1997:

The framework adjustments close four small, defined areas (see attached charts) and latitude/longitude coordinates for area descriptions) to fishers using certain gears during certain times of the year. Specifically, the action separates mobile gear and lobster trap/pot gear in time and area according to the following schedule:

Restricted Gear Areas Closed to Mobile Gear (Trawls, Beam Trawls, and Dredges) Closed to Lobster Trap/Pot Gear
I October 1 to June 15 June 16 to September 30
II November 27 to June 15 June 16 to November 26
III June 16 to November 26 January 1 to April 30
IV June 16 to September 30

Mobile gear vessels may transit the areas when closed provided that all mobile gear is on board the vessel while inside the area.

This letter is only a summary of the major measures and has no legal force or effect. There may be other requirements affecting you that are not mentioned in this notice. To read the requirements in their entirety, you are urged to obtain a complete copy of the regulations by calling 508-281-9278.


RESTRICTED GEAR AREA I

INSHORE BOUNDARY

Point Latitude Longitude

to 120.

69. 4007.9' N. 6836.0' W.

70. 4007.2' N. 6838.4' W.

71. 4006.9' N. 6846.5' W.

73. 4008.1' N. 6851.0' W.

74. 4005.7' N. 6852.4' W.

75. 4003.6' N. 6857.2' W.

76. 4003.65' N. 6900.0' W.

77. 4004.35' N. 6900.5' W.

78. 4005.2' N. 6900.5' W

79. 4005.3' N. 6901.1' W.

80. 4008.9' N. 6901.75' W.

81. 4011.0' N. 6903.8' W.

82. 4011.6' N. 6905.4' W.

83. 4010.25' N. 6904.4' W.

84. 4009.75' N. 6904.15' W.

85. 4008.45' N. 6903.6' W.

86. 4005.65' N. 6903.55' W.

87. 4004.1' N. 6903.9' W.

88. 4002.65' N. 6905.6' W.

89. 4002.00' N. 6908.35' W.

90. 4002.65' N. 6911.15' W.

91. 4000.05' N. 6914.6' W.

92. 3957.8' N. 6920.35' W.

93. 3956.65' N. 6924.4' W.

94. 3956.1' N. 6926.35' W.

95. 3956.55' N. 6934.1' W.

96. 3957.85' N. 6935.5' W.

97. 4000.65' N. 6936.5' W.

98. 4000.9' N. 6937.3' W.

99. 3959.15' N. 6937.3' W.

100. 3958.8' N. 6938.45' W.

102. 3956.2' N. 6940.2' W.

103. 3955.75' N. 6941.4' W.

104. 3956.7' N. 6953.6' W.

105. 3957.55' N. 6954.05' W.

106. 3957.4' N. 6955.9' W.

107. 3956.9' N. 6957.45' W.

108. 3958.25' N. 7003.0' W.

110. 3959.2' N. 7004.9' W.

111. 4000.7' N. 7008.7' W.

112. 4003.75' N. 7010.15' W.

115. 4005.2' N. 7010.9' W.

116. 4002.45' N. 7014.1' W.

119. 4002.75' N. 7016.1' W.

to 181.

OFFSHORE BOUNDARY

Point Latitude Longitude

to 69.

120. 4006.4' N. 6835.8' W.

121. 4005.25' N. 6839.3' W.

122. 4005.4' N. 6844.5' W.

123. 4006.0' N. 6846.5' W.

124. 4007.4' N. 6849.6' W.

125. 4005.55' N. 6849.8' W.

126. 4003.9' N. 6851.7' W.

127. 4002.25' N. 6855.4' W.

128. 4002.6' N. 6900.0' W.

129. 4002.75' N. 6900.75' W.

130. 4004.2' N. 6901.75' W.

131. 4006.15' N. 6901.95' W.

132. 4007.25' N. 6902.0' W.

133. 4008.5' N. 6902.25' W.

134. 4009.2' N. 6902.95' W.

135. 4009.75' N. 6903.3' W.

136. 4009.55' N. 6903.85' W.

137. 4008.4' N. 6903.4' W.

138. 4007.2' N. 6903.3' W.

139. 4006.0' N. 6903.1' W.

140. 4005.4' N. 6903.05' W.

141. 4004.8' N. 6903.05' W.

142. 4003.55' N. 6903.55' W.

143. 4001.9' N. 6903.95' W.

144. 4001.0' N. 6904.4' W.

146. 3959.9' N. 6906.25' W.

147. 4000.6' N. 6910.05' W.

148. 3959.25' N. 6911.15' W.

149. 3957.45' N. 6916.05' W.

150. 3956.1' N. 6920.1' W.

151. 3954.6' N. 6925.65' W.

152. 3954.65' N. 6926.9' W.

153. 3954.8' N. 6930.95' W.

154. 3954.35' N. 6933.4' W.

155. 3955.0' N. 6934.9' W.

156. 3956.55' N. 6936.0' W.

157. 3957.95' N. 6936.45' W.

158. 3958.75' N. 6936.3' W.

159. 3958.8' N. 6936.95' W.

160. 3957.95' N. 6938.1' W.

161. 3954.5' N. 6938.25' W.

162. 3953.6' N. 6946.5' W.

163. 3954.7' N. 6950.0' W.

164. 3955.25' N. 6951.4' W.

165. 3955.2' N. 6953.1' W.

166. 3954.85' N. 6953.9' W.

167. 3955.7' N. 6954.9' W.

168. 3956.15' N. 6955.35' W.

169. 3956.05' N. 6956.25' W.

170. 3955.3' N. 6957.1' W.

171. 3954.8' N. 6958.6' W.

172. 3956.05' N. 7000.65' W.

173. 3955.3' N. 7002.95' W.

174. 3956.9' N. 7011.3' W.

175. 3958.9' N. 7011.5' W.

176. 3959.6' N. 7011.1' W.

177. 4001.35' N. 7011.2' W.

178. 4002.6' N. 7012.0' W.

179. 4000.4' N. 7012.3' W.

180. 3959.75' N. 7013.05' W.

181. 3959.3' N. 7014.0' W.

to 119.


RESTRICTED GEAR AREA II

INSHORE BOUNDARY

Point Latitude Longitude

to 1.

49. 4002.75' N. 7016.1' W.

50. 4000.7' N. 7018.6' W.

51. 3959.8' N. 7021.75' W.

52. 3959.75' N. 7025.5' W.

53. 4003.85' N. 7028.75' W.

54. 4000.55' N. 7032.1' W.

55. 3959.15' N. 7034.45' W.

56. 3958.9' N. 7038.65' W.

57. 4000.1' N. 7045.1' W.

58. 4000.5' N. 7057.6' W.

59. 4002.0' N. 7101.3' W.

60. 3959.3' N. 7118.4' W.

61. 4000.7' N. 7119.8' W.

62. 3957.5' N. 7120.6' W.

63. 3953.1' N. 7136.1' W.

64. 3952.6' N. 7140.35' W.

65. 3953.1' N. 7142.7' W.

66. 3946.95' N. 7149.0' W.

67. 3941.15' N. 7157.1' W.

68. 3935.45' N. 7202.0' W.

69. 3932.65' N. 7206.1' W.

70. 3929.75' N. 7209.8' W.

to 48.

OFFSHORE BOUNDARY

Point Latitude Longitude

to 49.

1. 3959.3' N. 7014.0' W

2. 3958.85' N. 7015.2' W.

3. 3959.3' N. 7018.4' W.

4. 3958.1' N. 7019.4' W.

5. 3957.0' N. 7019.85' W.

6. 3957.55' N. 7021.25' W.

7. 3957.5' N. 7022.8' W.

8. 3957.1' N. 7025.4' W.

9. 3957.65' N. 7027.05' W.

10. 3958.58' N. 7027.7' W.

11. 4000.65' N. 7028.8' W.

12. 4002.2' N. 7029.15' W.

13. 4001.0' N. 7030.2' W.

14. 3958.58' N. 7031.85' W.

15. 3957.05' N. 7034.35' W.

16. 3956.42' N. 7036.8' W.

21. 3958.15' N. 7048.0' W.

24. 3958.3' N. 7051.1' W.

25. 3958.1' N. 7052.25' W.

26. 3958.05' N. 7053.55' W.

27. 3958.4' N. 7059.6' W.

28. 3959.8' N. 7101.05' W.

29. 3958.2' N. 7105.85' W.

30. 3957.45' N. 7112.15' W.

31. 3957.2' N. 7115.0' W.

32. 3956.3' N. 7118.95' W.

33. 3951.4' N. 7136.1' W.

34. 3951.75' N. 7141.5' W.

35. 3950.05' N. 7142.5' W.

36. 3950.0' N. 7145.0' W.

37. 3948.95' N. 7146.05' W.

38. 3946.6' N. 7146.1' W.

39. 3943.5' N. 7149.4' W.

40. 3941.3' N. 7155.0' W.

41. 3939.0' N. 7155.6' W.

42. 3936.72' N. 7158.25' W.

43. 3935.15' N. 7158.55' W.

44. 3934.5' N. 7200.75' W.

45. 3932.2' N. 7202.25' W.

46. 3932.15' N. 7204.1' W.

47. 3928.5' N. 7206.5' W.

48. 3929.0' N. 7209.25' W.

to 70.


RESTRICTED GEAR AREA III

INSHORE BOUNDARY

Point Latitude Longitude

to 49.

182. 4005.6' N. 7017.7' W.

183. 4006.5' N. 7040.05' W.

184. 4011.05' N. 7045.8' W.

185. 4012.75' N. 7055.05' W.

186. 4010.7' N. 7110.25' W.

187. 3957.9' N. 7128.7' W.

188. 3955.6' N. 7141.2' W.

189. 3955.85' N. 7145.0' W.

190. 3953.75' N. 7152.25' W.

191. 3947.2' N. 7201.6' W.

192. 3933.65' N. 7215.0' W.

to 70

OFFSHORE BOUNDARY

Point Latitude Longitude

to 182.

49. 4002.75' N. 7016.1' W.

50. 4000.7' N. 7018.6' W.

51. 3959.8' N. 7021.75' W.

52. 3959.75' N. 7025.5' W.

53. 4003.85' N. 7028.75' W.

54. 4000.55' N. 7032.1' W.

55. 3959.15' N. 7034.45' W.

56. 3958.9' N. 7038.65' W.

57. 4000.1' N. 7045.1' W.

58. 4000.5' N. 7057.6' W.

59. 4002.0' N. 7101.3' W.

60. 3959.3' N. 7118.4' W.

61. 4000.7' N. 7119.8' W.

62. 3957.5' N. 7120.6' W.

63. 3953.1' N. 7136.1' W.

64. 3952.6' N. 7140.35' W.

65. 3953.1' N. 7142.7' W.

66. 3946.95' N. 7149.0' W.

67. 3941.15' N. 7157.1' W.

68. 3935.45' N. 7202.0' W.

69. 3932.65' N. 7206.1' W.

70. 3929.75' N. 7209.8' W.

to 192.


RESTRICTED GEAR AREA IV

INSHORE BOUNDARY

Point Latitude Longitude

193. 4013.60' N. 6840.60' W.

194. 4011.60' N. 6853.00' W.

195. 4014.00' N. 6904.70' W.

196. 4014.30' N. 6905.80' W.

197. 4005.50' N. 6909.00' W.

198. 3957.30' N. 6925.10' W.

199. 4000.40' N. 6935.20' W.

200. 4001.70' N. 6935.40' W.

201. 4001.70' N. 6937.40' W.

202. 4000.50' N. 6938.80' W.

203. 4001.30' N. 6945.00' W.

204. 4002.10' N. 6945.00' W.

205. 4007.60' N. 7004.50' W.

206. 4007.80' N. 7009.20' W.

to 119.

OFFSHORE BOUNDARY

Point Latitude Longitude

to 193.

69. 4007.90' N. 6836.00' W.

70. 4007.20' N. 6838.40' W.

71. 4006.90' N. 6846.50' W.

72. 4008.70' N. 6849.60' W.

73. 4008.10' N. 6851.00' W.

74. 4005.70' N. 6852.40' W.

75. 4003.60' N. 6857.20' W.

76. 4003.65' N. 6900.00' W.

77. 4004.35' N. 6900.50' W.

78. 4005.20' N. 6900.50' W.

79. 4005.30' N. 6901.10' W.

80. 4008.90' N. 6901.75' W.

81. 4011.00' N. 6903.80' W.

82. 4011.60' N. 6905.40' W.

83. 4010.25' N. 6904.40' W.

84. 4009.75' N. 6904.15' W.

85. 4008.45' N. 6903.60' W.

86. 4005.65' N. 6903.55' W.

87. 4004.10' N. 6903.90' W.

88. 4002.65' N. 6905.60' W.

89. 4002.00' N. 6908.35' W.

90. 4002.65' N. 6911.15' W.

91. 4000.05' N. 6914.60' W.

92. 3957.80' N. 6920.35' W.

93. 39.56.75' N. 6924.40' W.

94. 3956.50' N. 6926.35' W.

95. 39.56.80' N. 6934.10' W.

96. 3957.85' N. 6935.05' W.

97. 4000.65' N. 6936.50' W.

98. 4000.90' N. 6937.30' W.

99. 3959.15' N. 6937.30' W.

100. 3958.80' N. 6938.45' W.

102. 3956.20' N. 6940.20' W.

103. 3955.75' N. 6941.40' W.

104. 3956.70' N. 6953.60' W.

105. 3957.55' N. 6954.05' W.

106. 3957.40' N. 6955.90' W.

107. 3956.90' N. 6957.45' W.

108. 3958.25' N. 7003.00' W.

110. 3959.20' N. 7004.90' W.

111. 4000.70' N. 7008.70' W.

112. 4003.75' N. 7010.15' W.

115. 4005.20' N. 7010.90' W.

116. 4002.45' N. 7014.1' W.

119. 4002.75' N. 7016.1' W.

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