NMFS News Release





Northeast Regional Office
One Blackburn Drive
Gloucester, MA 01930




November 7, 2000 - Deadline to Apply for a Federal Limited Access Monkfish Permit

Date: August 16, 2000

Dear Permit Holder and Confirmation of Permit History (CPH) Owner:

This letter is to inform CPH holders and remind others that the deadline to apply for a Federal moratorium (limited access) monkfish permit or monkfish CPH is November 7, 2000. Applications for an initial limited access monkfish permit or monkfish CPH must be postmarked no later than November 7, 2000. Vessels that do not obtain an initial monkfish limited access permit or monkfish CPH will not be issued a permit in subsequent years.

Limited Access Monkfish Permit Application:

To possess or land amounts of monkfish greater than what is allowed by the monkfish incidental catch permit (an open access permit) you must apply for and obtain a limited access monkfish permit. There are four (4) Federal limited access monkfish permits (Categories A, B, C and D). To qualify for a limited access monkfish permit, vessel landings must have occurred between February 28, 1991, and February 27, 1995, unless otherwise noted below. If your vessel landed a minimum of 50,000 lb tail-weight or 166,000 lb whole weight of monkfish, you are encouraged to apply for a Category A or C permit in order to be eligible for higher trip limits.

Limited Access Permit Categories:

Category A - This category is available for vessels without a multispecies or scallop limited access permit that landed at least 50,000 lb tail-weight or 166,000 lb whole weight of monkfish. Vessels fishing under this permit category will initially be allocated up to 40 days-at-sea (DAS).

Category B - This category is available for vessels without a multispecies or scallop limited access permit that are less than 51 gross registered tons (GRT) and do not qualify for a category A permit. Vessels under this category must have landed at least 7,500 lb tail-weight or 24,900 lb whole weight of monkfish. Vessels fishing under this permit category will initially be allocated up to 40 DAS.

Category C - This category is available for vessels with a multispecies or scallop limited access permit that landed at least 50,000 lb tail-weight or 166,000 lb whole weight of monkfish. Vessels fishing under this permit category will initially be allocated up to 40 DAS.

Category D - This category is available for vessels with multispecies limited access permits and vessels less than 51 GRT with scallop limited access permits that do not qualify for a Category C permit. Vessels under this category must have landed at least 7,500 lb tail-weight or 24,900 lb whole weight of monkfish. Vessels fishing under this permit category will initially be allocated up to 40 DAS.

Alternate ways to qualify for a limited access monkfish permit, provided one of the above criteria is met:



Please note: A vessel currently greater than or equal to 51 GRT and that replaced or was upgraded from a vessel less than 51 GRT between February 27, 1995, and October 7, 1999, and that does not otherwise qualify for a Category A or C permit, may qualify for a Category B or D permit if the vessel landed at least 7,500 lb tail-weight or 24,900 lb whole weight of monkfish between February 28, 1991, and February 27, 1995.

To prove your vessel meets the eligibility criteria, you must submit fish dealer receipts showing that your vessel landed monkfish. The dealer receipts should identify the dealer, your vessel, the species category landed (e.g., whole monkfish or monkfish tails) in the amounts specified above for the respective permit category requested, and the date of the landing. Submitted landings that just state "monkfish" will be counted as "whole" monkfish.

You may also contact the National Marine Fisheries Service's (NMFS) Statistics Office at (978) 281-9212 and request a copy of monkfish landings on file with NMFS for your vessel. Please note, the release of vessel specific landings data is restricted to the person who submitted the data or their authorized agent. Additionally, prior to 1994 data was collected on a voluntary basis. Therefore, your vessel may have landed monkfish that were not recorded in NMFS' data base.

Limited Access Monkfish CPH Application:

If you qualify for a limited access monkfish permit but do not presently own the vessel that qualified for this history, you must apply for and obtain a limited access monkfish CPH to reserve your vessel's monkfish eligibility for future use. The CPH application submission must include the information described above.

If you have received a limited access monkfish permit, or you have already applied, you do not need to reapply. To obtain applications for the limited access monkfish permit or monkfish CPH, please contact the NMFS Northeast Region Permit Office at (978) 281-9370 and request a pre-printed permit application or vessel CPH application, respectively.

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



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