NMFS News Release





Northeast Regional Office
One Blackburn Drive
Gloucester, MA 01930




Gulf of Maine Cod Landing Limit Temporarily Increased From 30 lbs to 100 lbs

Date: July 29, 1999

Dear Multispecies Permit Holder:

This letter is to inform you that effective August 3, 1999, through January 29, 2000, the Gulf of Maine (GOM) cod landing limit is increased from 30 lbs per day to 100 lbs per day, with a maximum of 500 lbs per trip for vessels issued limited access permits and a maximum of 300 lbs per trip for vessels issued open access permits.

For limited access vessels fishing under a NE multispecies day-at-sea (DAS) and not fishing in the cod exemption program * - The landing limit is 100 lbs of GOM cod for the first 24-hour period (or any portion thereof) of a trip on which GOM cod are landed. For trips longer than 24-hours, a vessel may land an additional 100 lbs of GOM cod for each additional 24-hour block of DAS fished, or part of an additional 24-hour block fished. However, in order to land an additional 100 lbs of GOM cod for an additional 24-hour block of DAS fished, the vessel operator must not call out of the DAS program, or depart from port, until the remainder of the additional 24-hour block of DAS has elapsed. The DAS clock must run for the full 24-hour period, and may not exceed 24-hours in duration. The maximum possession limit for GOM cod is 500 lbs per trip.

NOTE: The measures approved in this interim action are best explained by the following table:

LENGTH OF TRIP LANDING LIMITS LBS REPORT HAIL WEIGHT FOR OVERAGES

978-281-9278

OTHER RESTRICTIONS
0-24 Hours (1st DAS) 100 No Vessel may not land GOM cod again until 24 hours have elapsed from time of call-out

>24 & < 48 Hours (More than 1 DAS, up to 2 DAS)

200 Yes Vessel may not call-out of the DAS program or depart from port, until at least 48 hours have elapsed.
>48 & < 72 Hours (More than 2 DAS, up to 3 DAS) 300 Yes Vessel may not call-out of the DAS program or depart from port, until at least 72 hours have elapsed.
>72 & < 96 Hours (More than 3 DAS, up to 4 DAS) 400 Yes Vessel may not call-out of the DAS program or depart from port, until at least 96 hours have elapsed.
> 96 & < 120 Hours (More than 4 DAS, up to 5 DAS) 500 Yes Vessel may not call-out of the DAS program or depart from port, until at least 120 hours have elapsed.

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For vessels with multispecies permit category C (small vessel exemption), H (handgear) and J (scallop multispecies possession limit) - The landing limit for GOM cod is 100 lbs per day fished with a maximum possession limit of 300 lbs per trip.

* Cod exemption: A vessel fishing under a multispecies DAS is exempt from the GOM cod landing limit if the vessel owner receives, and has on board the vessel, a NMFS-issued exemption certificate, obtained by calling 978-281-9278 (enrollment periods must be a minimum of 30 days). When fishing under a multispecies DAS, vessels enrolled in this exemption must fish south of the line connecting the following points:

LATITUDE LONGITUDE
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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