NMFS News Release





Northeast Regional Office
One Blackburn Drive
Gloucester, MA 01930




*** IMPORTANT NOTICE ***

PLEASE READ IMMEDIATELY

If your vessel has any of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Northeast Limited Access or Moratorium Federal fisheries permits listed below, please note Item 1:

Limited Access Northeast Multispecies Permit (categories A - G)
Limited Access Monkfish Permit (category A - D)
Limited Access Scallop Permit (categories 2 - 9)
Limited Access Maine Mahogany Quahog Permit (category 7)
Limited Access American Lobster Permit (non-trap gear categories 1-2)
Limited Access American Lobster Permit (trap gear categories A1, A2, A3, A2/3, A4, A5, A6, AOC)
Limited Access/Moratorium Summer Flounder Permit (category 1)
Limited Access/Moratorium Scup (Porgy) Permit (category 1)
Limited Access/Moratorium Squid, Mackerel, and Butterfish Permit (categories 1, 5)
Limited Access/Moratorium Black Sea Bass Permit (category 1)

1) If you do not renew your vessel's 1999 Northeast limited access/moratorium Federal fisheries permit(s) in the fishing year 2000*, your vessel will be ineligible to possess the permit(s) ever again.

If you have retained a vessel's fishing history and have been issued a Confirmation of Permit History, Item 1 does not apply. However, you must be issued a valid Confirmation of Permit History for all limited access/moratorium permits you have retained no later than 30 days prior to the end of the first full fishing year in which a vessel permit can no longer be issued.

The following information applies to both open access and limited access/moratorium Northeast Federal fisheries permitted vessels:

2) In order to have enough time to process Federal fisheries Year 2000* permit applications (initial, renewal, or transfer), the applications must be received by NMFS at least 30 days before the end of the fishing year. This means limited access scallop vessel Year 2000* permit applications received after January 30, 2001, may not be processed before the fishing year ends; all other Year 2000* permit applications received after March 31, 2000, may not be processed before the fishing year ends.

3) The NMFS Northeast Regional Office is continually upgrading the computer programs used to issue vessel permits. Please closely inspect all vessel permits delivered to you, correct any mistakes, and promptly return the corrected documents to our office.

Additional information regarding NMFS permits, regulations, and related information may be found on the NMFS Northeast Region Web Page at www.nero.nmfs.gov.

* The Year 2000 fishing year spans March 1, 2000, through February 28, 2001, for Federal fisheries limited access scallop vessel permits, and May 1, 2000, through April 30, 2001, for all other Federal fisheries vessel permits.

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



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