NMFS News Release





Northeast Regional Office
One Blackburn Drive
Gloucester, MA 01930




Modification of Re-Authorization for the Raised Footrope Whiting Trawl Experimental Fishery

Date: October 27, 1999

Dear Multispecies Permit Holder:

This letter provides information that modifies the conditions for enrollment in the Raised Footrope Whiting Trawl Experimental Fishery.

On August 11, 1999, the Raised Footrope Whiting Trawl Experimental Fishery was re-authorized for the 1999 fishing season, excluding those times and areas overlapping the designated multispecies closures scheduled for October through November 1999 in the Gulf of Maine (GOM). On September 21, 1999, a decision to allow controlled access into the GOM Rolling Closure V was issued, provided that participating vessels comply with the supplemental requirements identified by the applicant, Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries (MADMF). For more information on enrollment and eligibility requirements, as well as information on the new MADMF monitoring and oversight program components, please contact Daniel McKiernan at (617) 727-3193, extension 1536.

Vessels that have met the eligibility criteria established by the MADMF and have received the necessary authorization to participate are enrolled and may fish in the following areas:



AREA 2-B AREA 3 AREA 4
Latitude Longitude Latitude Longitude Latitude Longitude
4207.8' 7030' 4205' 7002' 4210' 7021.08'
4210.08' 7023.05' 4209' 6948' 4208.02' 7019.05'
4211.01' 7021.08' 4155' 6937' 4208.07' 7017.06'
4208.02' 7019.05' 4141' 6935' 4205.03' 7014.09'
4208.07' 7017.06' 4140' 6945' 4205' 7002'
4205.03' 7014.09' 4146' 6950' 4209' 6948'
4204.07' 7017' 4158' 6952' 4213' 7009'
4202.02' 7002' 4205' 7013.06' 4210' 7021.08'
4259.08' 7022.02'
4207.8' 7030'


Areas noted above (2B, 3 and 4) which overlap Rolling Closure Area V - Oct. 1 through Nov. 30:



N. Latitude W. Longitude
4200' (1)
4200' (2)
4200' (3)
4200' 7000'
4230' 7000'
4230' (1)

1 Massachusetts shoreline.

2 Cape Cod shoreline on Cape Cod Bay.

3 Cape Cod shoreline on the Atlantic Ocean.



This notice is authorized by the Regional Administrator of the

National Marine Fisheries Service



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