NMFS News Release

Northeast Regional Office
One Blackburn Drive
Gloucester, MA 01930

Black Sea Bass Fishery Closure

Date: June 15, 1999

Dear Black Sea Bass Dealer and Commercial Vessel Permit Holder:

This letter is to inform you that the Quarter 2 period (April-June) commercial quota for the black sea bass fishery in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) north of 3515.3' N. Latitude (Cape Hatteras) has been harvested and the commercial fishery has been closed. This closure is in effect from 0001 hours June 18, 1999, through 2400 hours June 30, 1999.

Fishing vessels issued a Northeast Region Federal moratorium permit for the black sea bass fishery may not land or possess black sea bass for the remainder of the Quarter 2 period. Vessel owners issued Northeast Region Federal permits are reminded that they must continue to complete and submit vessel logbooks. Additionally, dealers issued Northeast Region Federal dealer permits for black sea bass are advised that they may not purchase black sea bass from Northeast Region Federally permitted vessels for the remainder of the Quarter 2 period. Northeast Region Federally permitted dealers must continue to report all fish purchases from any vessel.

The owners of vessels issued valid commercial permits for both the Northeast Region black sea bass fishery and the Southeast Region Snapper-Grouper fishery may surrender their Northeast Region permit by certified mail to the address shown above, and may then fish pursuant to their Southeast Region Snapper-Grouper permit provided all fishing is conducted in waters, and all landings are made, south of 3515.3' N Latitude. The vessel owner may request reissuance of the Northeast Region Permit, but reissuance cannot be made until six months following permit cancellation.

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