NMFS News Release





Northeast Regional Office
One Blackburn Drive
Gloucester, MA 01930




Atlantic Sea Scallop Aquaculture Closed Area

Date: January 27, 1997

Dear Permit Holder:

Amendment 5 to the Atlantic Sea Scallop Management Plan has been approved. This amendment authorizes an 18 month closure period to allow scientists and technical experts, in cooperation with fishers, to conduct an experiment and demonstration project involving sea scallop research, enhancement and aquaculture. The action closes a nine square mile site (see attached chart) to mobile fishing gear and partially closes the site to non-mobile gear, and temporarily exempts vessels participating in the experiment from certain fishing regulations. The new area will be closed between February 13, 1997 through July 15, 1998. The area is:

Sea Scallop Experimental Fishing Area

Point

Latititude

Longitude

1

4111.8' N.

7050' W.

2

4111.8' N.

7046' W.

3

4108.8' N.

7046' W.

4

4108.8' N.

7050' W.

The amendment does not allow fishing activities within the Scallop Experimental Fishing Area, except handgear fishing. Fishing with lobster pot and longline gear is also permitted provided you apply for and obtain an allowed gear permit (AGP), issued by the Regional Administrator.

If your vessel will be participating in project activities within or outside of the area, you will need to apply for an experimental fishing permit (EFP) from the Regional Administrator. You may use the attached form to apply for an AGP or EFP. Applications must be received at least 30 days before the desired effective date of the AGP or EFP. Vessels receiving AGPs may be required to move their gear within, or remove their gear from, the area upon notification by the Regional Administrator. All vessels receiving AGPs or EFPs must comply with any additional restrictions specified in the permit.

For more information, please call (508)281-9273.


SEA SCALLOP FISHING AREA

ALLOWED GEAR/EXPERIMENTAL FISHING PERMIT APPLICATION

Date of Application (30 days prior to start of fishing trip) ________________

Type of Permit (Check One):

Allowed Gear Permit ________ Experimental Gear Permit _________

Applicant's Name ____________________________________________________________________

Applicant's Address ___________________________________________________________

___________________________________________________________________________________

Applicant's Telephone _____________________________________________________________

Applicant's FAX Number ___________________________________________________________

Vessel Name ____________________________________________________________________

Owner's Name ___________________________________________________________________

Owner's Address ______________________________________________________________

Owner's Telephone ____________________________________________________________

NMFS Permit Number ___________________________________________________________

Coast Guard Documentation Number _____________________________________________

Species Expected to Harvest:

Target _______________________________________________________________________

Incidental ___________________________________________________________________

Fill-in All That Apply:

Gear Type ____________ Size _______________ Buoy Colors _________________

Trap Identification Markings _______________________

Amount of Gear That Will Be Used ____________________

Exact Time(s) Fishing Will Take Place in the Scallop Experimental Fishing Area

______________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________

_________________________________________

Permit Holder's Name (printed)

_________________________________________

Permit Holder's Signature

Return this form 30 days prior to fishing trip to: NMFS, Attn.: Scallop Experimental Area Permit, 1 Blackburn Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930



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