NMFS News Release





Northeast Regional Office
One Blackburn Drive
Gloucester, MA 01930




REMINDER TO VESSEL OWNERS



Date: May 5, 1999

This letter provides notification of the DEADLINE to apply for an initial Maine Mahogany Quahog Permit (limited access/moratorium). Applications must be received by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) or postmarked by May 19, 1999. Please submit applications to the address indicated on the above letterhead. If you have already been issued this permit, this deadline does not apply to you.

Note, there are two requirements for this permit:

1) The vessel was issued a Federal Maine Mahogany Quahog Experimental Permit during one of the experimental fisheries between September 30, 1990 and September 30, 1997, and

2) The vessel landed at least one Maine bushel of ocean quahogs from the Maine mahogany quahog zone as documented by fishing or shellfish logs submitted to the Regional Administrator prior to January 1, 1998.

Please contact the NMFS permit office at (978) 281-9370 to request an application.


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