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Southern New England Dogfish Gillnet Fishery Exemption Area

Southern New England Gillnet EA Map

Area: In this specified gillnet portion of the Southern New England (SNE) Exemption Area (EA), a vessel using gillnet gear can seasonally fish for, possess, and land spiny dogfish without using a DAS or being on a NE multispecies non-DAS sector trip.

The SNE Dogfish Gillnet Fishery EA is defined by a line running from the Massachusetts shoreline at 41°35’ N. lat. and 70°00’ W. long., south to its intersection with the outer boundary of the EEZ, southwesterly along the outer boundary of the EEZ, and bounded on the west by the western boundary of the SNE EA.

Season: May 1 through October 31.

Gear: All gillnets must have a minimum mesh size of 6-inch diamond mesh throughout the net.

Requirements: A gillnet vessel may fish in the SNE Dogfish Gillnet Fishery EA when not operating under a NE multispecies DAS. While fishing under this exemption, vessels may only fish for, possess on board, or land dogfish and the following:

Incidental species allowed for retention when fishing for the exempted species above include: 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; monkfish and monkfish parts – up to 10%, by weight, of all other species on board or up to 50 lb tail weight (146 lb whole weight) of monkfish per trip, whichever is less; American lobster – up to 10%, by weight, of all other species on board or 200 lobsters, whichever is less; and skate and skate parts – up to 10%, by weight, of all other species on board.