NMFS News Release





Northeast Regional Office
One Blackburn Drive
Gloucester, MA 01930




Extension of Scallop Mid-Atlantic Closed Areas

IMPORTANT NOTICE

PLEASE READ IMMEDIATELY

Date: September 24, 1998

The National Marine Fisheries Service announces the extension of the closure of two areas in the Mid-Atlantic to scallop fishing to protect high concentrations of juvenile scallops. The following measures are effective September 28, 1998, through March 26, 1999.

1) Fishing for sea scallops in, or possession or retention of sea scallops from, the areas known as the Hudson Canyon South or the Virginia Beach Closed Areas is prohibited (see coordinates below). Possession of sea scallops in those areas while transitting is prohibited unless all gear onboard is properly stowed and not available for immediate use in accordance with the transitting and gear stowage provisions of 648.23(b) and 648.81(e).

2) Vessels not fishing under a scallop DAS and fishing for species other than scallops in these areas may not have scallop dredge gear available for immediate use and must stow their dredge gear in accordance with the provisions of 648.23(b) and 648.81(e).

3) Vessels authorized to fish in an experimental fishery under a Letter of Authorization issued by the Northeast Regional Administrator are prohibited from conducting experimental fishing in the closed areas.

This notice is only a summary of the major provisions. To read the requirements in their entirety, you are encouraged to obtain a complete copy of the regulations by calling (978) 281-9315, or by accessing the Federal Register Online through the NMFS Northeast Regional Homepage at http://www.nero.nmfs.gov/ro/doc/nero.html.

Hudson Canyon South Closed Area Virginia Beach Closed

Area

Point Latitude Longitude Point Latitude Longitude
H1 3930'N. 7310'W. V1 3700'N. 7455'W.
H2 3930'N. 7230'W. V2 3700'N. 7435'W.
H3 3830'N. 7330'W. V3 3625'N. 7445'W.
H4 3840'N. 7350'W. V4 3625'N. 7455'W.






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