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Raised Footrope Trawl Whiting Fishery Exempted Areas

Raised Footrope Exemption Area Map

Area: The available Exemption Area (EA) for this exempted fishery 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 vessels must use a raised footrope trawl. A description of the raised footrope trawl can be found in 'Gear' tab of the 'Commercial' section of the Whiting Species Page. Vessels participating in the Raised Footrope Trawl Exempted Whiting Fishery may not use liners, codend covers, and/or outside net strengtheners.

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 these exemption areas, 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:

Additional Requirements: While fishing in this exemption area, participating vessels must carry a Letter of Authorization (LOA) issued by the Regional Administrator, valid for a minimum of 7 days. Participating vessels may withdraw from the program no earlier than 7 days from the date of enrollment. LOAs, and withdrawals, may be obtained from the Northeast Region Permit Office at (978) 281-9370. For more information, click here.

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.