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Nantucket Shoals Dogfish Fishery Exemption Area

Area: The Nantucket Shoals Dogfish Fishery Exemption Area (EA) is defined by straight lines connecting the following points in the order stated:

N. Latitude W. Longitude
41°45’ 70°00’
41°45’ 69°20’
41°30’ 69°20’
41°30’ 69°23’
41°26.5’ 69°20’
40°50’ 69°20’
40°50’ 70°00’
41°45’ 70°00’

Season: June 1 through October 15.

Gear: A vessel fishing in this area may use gillnet or trawl mesh smaller than required by the Gulf of Maine (GOM) and Georges Bank (GB)Regulated Mesh Areas (RMAs).

Trawl gear is not permitted in the portion of the exemption area that overlaps with the Nantucket Lightship Habitat Closure Area (See Map Above).

Requirements: A vessel fishing in this area must have on board a Letter of Authorization (LOA) issued by the Regional Administrator. LOAs may be obtained from our Permits Office at (978) 282-8438 or here. While fishing in this EA, vessels may not fish for, possess on board, or land any species of fish other than dogfish and the following:

Transiting: When transiting the GOM or GB RMAs, any nets with a mesh size smaller than the RMA minimum mesh size must be stowed and unavailable for immediate use.