NMFS News Release

Northeast Regional Office
One Blackburn Drive
Gloucester, MA 01930

Haddock Landing Restriction Reminder

Date: October 24, 1997

Dear Multispecies Permit Holder:

This is to clarify the regulations regarding the haddock landing restriction. Under the current regulations, most limited access permit holders are allowed to land up to 1,000 pounds of haddock per day, or any part of a day, up to a maximum of 10,000 pounds per trip. This letter is to inform you that for the purposes of this provision, a "day" is the 24-hour period that starts from the time that a vessel calls-in to the multispecies days-at-sea (DAS) program. "Part of a day," is considered any time within a 24-hour period of a fishing trip.

Thus, a vessel that has called-in to the DAS program at 3:00 p.m. on a Monday and ends its trip the next day (Tuesday) at 4:00 p.m. (accruing a total of 25 hours) may land up to 2,000 pounds of haddock. Unlike the Gulf of Maine cod trip limit, vessels may not enter port with haddock on board greater than the allowable landing restriction.

As a reminder, this measure will revert to a possession limit of 1,000 per trip when 1150 metric tons are projected to be reached.

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