NMFS News Release

Northeast Regional Office
One Blackburn Drive
Gloucester, MA 01930

Voluntary Relinquishment of a Federal Limited Access Permit

Date: September 20, 1999

Dear Permit Holder:

This letter is to inform you of the regulations pertaining to the voluntary relinquishment of a Federal limited access permit. Regulations at 50 CFR 648.4(a)(1)(i)(K) state that if a vessel's limited access permit history for a particular fishery is voluntarily surrendered to the Regional Administrator, no limited access permit for that fishery may be reissued or renewed based on that vessel's history.

Therefore, once you obtain or renew a Federal limited access permit in any given year, you may not relinquish that permit during that same year (for purposes of fishing in state waters, for example) or you will lose your right to renew you limited access permit the following year.

Because it had previously been explained to some vessel owners that they could relinquish their scup permit during the year, a grace period will be allowed for those vessels that may have relinquished their limited access scup permit. However, starting November 1, 1999, the beginning of the Winter II quota period, the rule of non-relinquishment, as cited above, will apply equally to all limited access permits, including scup.

Should you have any questions, please call 978-281-9278.

This notice is authorized by the Regional Administrator of the

National Marine Fisheries Service

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