NMFS News Release

Northeast Regional Office
One Blackburn Drive
Gloucester, MA 01930

Clarification to Gulf of Maine Cod Landing Limits

Date: June 3, 1999

Dear Multispecies Permit Holder:

This letter is to clarify any confusion created by recent media coverage regarding the Gulf of Maine daily cod trip limit.

On May 28, 1999, the Gulf of Maine cod trip limit was reduced from 200 pounds per day to 30 pounds per day for all vessels possessing a limited access multispecies permit, including vessels fishing under multispecies category C (small vessel exemption). Vessels possessing an open access category H permit (handgear) or a category J permit (scallop limited access possession limit) may retain 30 lbs/day of Gulf of Maine cod, up to a maximum of 300 lbs/trip. This trip limit will remain in effect until further notice.

Vessels fishing under days-at-sea may be exempt from the 30 lbs/day Gulf of Maine cod trip limit if the owner receives, and has on board the vessel, a NMFS-issued Gulf of Maine Cod Landing Limit Exemption Authorization. Vessels possessing multispecies category C, H or J permits are now also eligible to request an Exemption Authorization certificate, which would allow Category C & H vessels to retain a combined 300 pounds of cod, haddock and yellowtail per trip, and Category J vessels to retain up to 300 pounds of regulated species combined per trip, without the 30 lbs/day cod limit.

The Authorization certificate may be obtained by calling 978-281-9278. Exemption enrollment periods are for a minimum of 30 days. Vessels enrolled in the exemption must fish south of the line connecting the following points:

42°00' N Cape Cod Coastline
42°00' N 69°30' W
42°20' N 69°30' W
42°20' N 67°20' W
U.S.-Canada Maritime Boundary 67°20' W

This notice is authorized by the Administrator of the National Marine Fisheries Service, Northeast Region.

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