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Cape Cod Spiny Dogfish Exemption Areas

Cape Cod Exempted Area Map

Area: There are two Cape Cod Spiny Dogfish Exemption Areas (EAs); the Eastern Area and the Western Area.

The Eastern Area is defined by straight lines connecting the following points in the order stated here:

N. Latitude W. Longitude
42°00’ 70°00’
42°00’ 69°47.5’
41°40’ 69°47.5’
41°29.5’ 69°35.5’
41°29.5’ 69°23’
41°26’ 69°20’
41°20’ 69°20’
41°20’ Eastern coast of Nantucket, MA
Northern coast of Nantucket, MA 70°00’
Northern/eastern coast of Cape Cod, MA 70°00’
Northern Coast of Cape Cod, MA 70°00’
42°00’ 70°00’

The Western Area is defined as the area bounded on the north by 42°11.5’ N. latitude, bounded on the east by 70°00’ W. longitude, and bounded on the south and west by the coast of Massachusetts (See map above).

Seasons:

Eastern Area: June 1 – August 31 for handgear; June 1 – December 31 for gillnets and longlines.

Western Area: June 1 – August 31 for longlines and handgear.

Gear: In the Eastern Area, you can fish for dogfish for part of the year with handgear, longlines, and gillnets without having to be on a NE multispecies trip. This area does not exempt you from the GOM/GB RMAs minimum mesh sizes for gillnets.

In the Western Area, you can fish for dogfish part of the year using longlines and handgear without having to be on a NE multispecies trip.

Requirements: While fishing in this EA, vessels may only use the gear types described above, and may only fish for, possess on board, or land spiny dogfish on directed trips. No NE multispecies (groundfish) may be retained when participating in this exempted fishery.