NMFS News Release

Northeast Regional Office
One Blackburn Drive
Gloucester, MA 01930

Spiny Dogfish Closure

Date: July 27, 2000

Dear Spiny Dogfish Dealer and Commercial Vessel Permit Holder:

This letter is to inform you that the period 1 (May-October) commercial quota for the spiny dogfish fishery is projected to be harvested.

Therefore, effective 0001 hours August 1, 2000, fishing vessels issued a Federal moratorium permit for the spiny dogfish fishery may no longer land spiny dogfish for the remainder of period 1. Vessel owners issued Federal permits are reminded that they must continue to complete and submit vessel logbooks. Additionally, dealers issued Federal dealer permits for spiny dogfish are advised that they may not purchase spiny dogfish from federally permitted vessels that land for the remainder of period 1 (through October 31, 2000). Federally permitted dealers must continue to report all fish purchases from any vessel.

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

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