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Gulf of Maine Grate Raised Footrope Trawl Whiting Fishery Exemption Area

Area: This exemption area (as seen above) is defined by the Maine coastline, and straight lines connecting the following points in the order stated below:

N. Latitude W. Longitude
43°15’ 70°35.4’
43°15’ 70°00’
43°25.2’ 70°00’
43°41.8’ 69°20’
43°58.8’ 69°20’

Season: July 1 – November 30.

Gear: All nets must have a minimum mesh size of 2.5-inch square or diamond mesh applied to the first 100 meshes (200 bars in case of square mesh) for vessels greater than 60 feet in length, and 50 meshes (100 bars in case of square mesh) for vessels less than or equal to 60 feet in length, counted from the terminus of the net. Trawl vessels are required to use raised footrope trawl gear equipped with an excluder grate (see below) in this exemption area. A description of the raised footrope trawl can be found in 'Gear' tab of the 'Commercial' section of the Whiting Species Page.

The excluder grate required for this area must be:

Possession Limits:

Note: Possession limits may be reduced to 2,000 lb for whiting and 400 lb for red hake if the in-season possession limit triggers are reached.

Additional Incidental Species Allowed: While fishing in this exemption area, vessels may not fish for, possess on board, or land any species of fish other than small-mesh multispecies (hakes) and the following species as incidental catch: