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Category F Permit / Monkfish Offshore Fishery Program

Category F Permit Information:  The Category F permit allows for a higher possession limit in exchange for a reduction in DAS allocation and a requirement to fish offshore (see the "Offshore Monkfish Fishery Program Area" defined below). Any monkfish limited access Category A-D permit holder can switch to this category. This change can be requested within 45 days of a permit’s effective date. To be accepted, the permit must not have used any DAS for the fishing year, and must meet the criteria listed below. If you would like more information or to change categories, please contact our Permit Office at (978)-282-8438 or visit the webpage, here.

Category F Permit Requirements:

Category F Monkfish Possession Limits and DAS Allocations:

The monkfish possession limit is 1,600 lb of tail weight or 4,656 lb of whole weight. Each permit holder’s DAS allocation will vary based on prior permit category. Please call the Sustainable Fisheries Division at (978) 281-9315 if you would like to know what your DAS allocation would be if you were to switch to a Category F permit.

Monkfish Offshore Fishery Program Area

N Lat.

W Long.

41°18.6'

66°24.8'

40°55.5'

66°38.0'

40°45.5'

68°00.0'

40°37.0'

68°00.0'

40°30.0'

69°00.0'

40°22.7'

69°00.0'

40°18.7'

69°40.0'

40°21.0'

71°03.0'

39°41.0'

72°32.0'

38°47.0'

73°11.0'

38°04.0'

74°06.0'

  

Reminder: The season for the Monkfish Offshore Fishery Program is October 1 through April 30, and it only takes place within the designated program area (above).