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Mid-Atlantic Exemption Area

Mid-Atlantic Exemption Area Map

Area: The Mid-Atlantic Exemption Area (EA) is defined as the entire Mid-Atlantic managed area west of the Southern New England (SNE) EA (see map above). Thus, it is bounded on the east by the western boundary of the SNE EA: Which is a line running from the Rhode Island shoreline at 41°18.2′ N. lat. and 71°51.5′ W. long. (Watch Hill, RI), southwesterly through Fishers Island, NY, to Race Point, Fishers Island, NY. From Race Point, Fishers Island, NY; southeasterly to the intersection of the 3-nautical mile line east of Montauk Point; southwesterly along the 3-nautical mile line to the intersection of 72°30′ W. long.; and south along that line to the intersection of the outer boundary of the EEZ.

In this EA, a vessel may fish for dogfish and does not need to be on NE multispecies trip as long as you do not possess or land any regulated multispecies (i.e., American plaice, Atlantic cod, Atlantic halibut, haddock, ocean pout, pollock, redfish, white hake, windowpane flounder, winter flounder, witch flounder, and yellowtail flounder).

Season: All year.

Gear: A vessel fishing in this area may use mesh smaller than the required 6.5 inches if not fishing on a NE multispecies trip and not retaining regulated multispecies (listed above). Please check the gear requirements for any other Federal fishing permits for the fisheries in which you are participating.

Vessels participating in the Mid-Atlantic gillnet exempted fishery must be on a monkfish DAS to participate. Vessels fishing under this exemption are restricted to using only gillnet gear with a minimum mesh size of 5 inches. In addition, vessels are limited to 50 stand-up gillnets.

Requirements: No NE multispecies may be retained when participating in this exempted fishery.

If participating in the gillnet exempted fishery, you must also be on a monkfish DAS, abide by the gear restrictions above, and Vessels fishing in this exemption may not fish for, possess, or land any species of fish other than the following:

Acceptable incidentally caught species in the Mid-Atlantic EA: Conger eels; sea robins; black sea bass; red hake; tautog (blackfish); blowfish; cunner; John Dory; mullet; bluefish; tilefish; longhorn sculpin; fourspot flounder; alewife; hickory shad; American shad; blueback herring; sea raven; Atlantic croaker; spot; swordfish; and American lobster--up to 10 percent by weight of all other species on board up to 100 lobsters for trips of 24 hours or less or 200 lobsters for trips longer than 24 hours, whichever is less.