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Raised Footrope Trawl Whiting Fishery Exemption Areas

Raised Footrope Exemption Area Map

Area: This Exemption Area (EA) is designed for small-mesh multispecies, but spiny dogfish can be retained incidentally. The available area can shift depending on the time of year (see map). The area(s) are defined by straight lines connecting the following points in the order stated below:

Raised Footrope EA
(September 1 – November 20)

N. Latitude W. Longitude
42°14.05’ 70°08.8’
42°09.2’ 69°47.8’
41°54.85’ 69°32.5’
41°41.5’ 69°32.85’
41°39’ 69°44.3’
41°45.6’ 69°51.8’
41°52.3’ 69°52.55’
41°55.5’ 69°53.45’
41°08.35’ 70°04.05’
42°04.75’ 70°16.95’
42°00’ 70°13.2’
42°00’ 70°24.1’
42°07.85’ 70°30.1’
42°14.05’ 70°08.8’

   

Raised Footrope EA
(September 1 – November 20)

N. Latitude W. Longitude
42°14.05’ 70°08.8’
42°09.2’ 69°47.8’
41°54.85’ 69°35.2’
41°41.5’ 69°35.85’
41°39’ 69°44.3’
41°45.6’ 69°51.8’
41°52.3’ 69°52.55’
41°55.5’ 69°53.45’
42°08.35’ 70°04.05’
42°14.05’ 70°08.8’

Seasons: September 1 – November 20; September 1 – December 31.

Gear: All nets must have a minimum mesh size of 2.5-inch square or diamond mesh, and vessel must use a raised footrope trawl. A vessel participating in the Raised Footrope Trawl Exempted Whiting Fishery may not use liners, codend covers, and/or outside net strengtheners.

Requirements: While fishing in this EA, a participating vessel must carry an Letter of Authorization (LOA) issued by the Regional Administrator, valid for a minimum of 7 days. A participating vessel may withdraw from the program no earlier than 7 days from the date of enrollment. LOAs, and withdrawals, 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 species:

Note: A vessel participating in the Raised Footrope Trawl Whiting Fishery may participate in other small-mesh exemption areas provided it adheres to the more restrictive gear, possession, landing, and other requirements for the entire participation period specified in the LOA. Also, a vessel participating in this exempted fishery is exempted from Rolling Closure Area V during October through November.

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.