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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 small-mesh multispecies without fishing under a NE Multispecies day-at-sea (DAS), as long as no 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) are possessed or landed.

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 DAS 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.

Possession Limit: No NE multispecies (see above) may be retained when participating in this exempted fishery. This does not include small-mesh hakes, the possession limits of which are below: