NMFS News Release

Northeast Regional Office
One Blackburn Drive
Gloucester, MA 01930

New Charter/Party Regulations In Gulf Of Maine Closed Areas Become Effective On August 28, 2000

Date: July 13, 2000

Dear Multispecies Permit Holder:

This letter is to inform you of new regulations governing vessels fishing under Charter/Party regulations in Gulf of Maine Closed Areas. These regulations, which implement measures contained in Framework Adjustment 33 to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan, become effective on August 28, 2000.

The new regulations specify that vessels fishing under Charter/Party regulations may not fish in Gulf of Maine closed areas (Rolling Closures, Cashes Ledge Closure, WGOM Year-Round Closure and Conditional Closures (if applicable)) unless the vessel has on board a Charter/Party Exemption Certificate for Gulf of Maine Closed Areas, which is issued by the Northeast Regional Office of NMFS. As a condition of the certificate, the vessel owner must agree for the entire participation period to the following, regardless of where the vessel fishes: (1) Fish harvested or possessed by the vessel may not be traded, bartered or sold, or intended for trade, barter, or sale, regardless of where the fish are caught; (2) no gear other than rod and reel or handline gear may be on board the vessel; and (3) multispecies Days-at-Sea may not be used by the vessel during the period of participation.

All vessels fishing under multispecies Charter/Party regulations in any of the Gulf of Maine Closed Areas specified above must have a certificate on board the vessel during the entire period of participation. Participating vessels must be enrolled for a minimum period of 3 months. Any vessel issued a certificate for a period longer than 3 months may withdraw from the exemption authorization 3 months after the first day of the participation period. The vessel will not be officially withdrawn until the vessel owner receives a Withdrawal Notice issued by NMFS. The Exemption Certificate and Withdrawal Notice is available upon request from the Northeast Regional Office, either by writing or by calling NMFS at (978) 281-9370.

This notice is authorized by the Regional Administrator of the National Marine Fisheries Service

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