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Southern New England Exemption Area

Area: The Southern New England (SNE) Exemption Area (EA) is defined by straight lines connecting the following points in the order stated:

N. Latitude W. Longitude
41°18.6’ 66°24.8’
40°55.5’ 66°38’
40°45.5’ 68°00’
40°37’ 68°00’
40°30.5’ 69°00’
40°22.7’ 69°00’
40°18.7’ 69°40’
40°50’ 69°40’
40°50’ 70°00’
North to the Shoreline of mainland MA 70°00’

Season: All year.

Gear: A vessel participating in the SNE EA and not fishing under a NE multispecies DAS may use gear with a minimum mesh size smaller than the minimum regulated mesh size to catch exempted species (such as spiny dogfish). Minimum mesh size requirements for this area may be determined by other Federal fishing permits that you have. Please check the gear requirements for your other Federal fishing permits.

Requirements: Spiny dogfish (caught with bottom trawl gear only) is included in the list of species that may be caught in this area along with 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.