December 1998

Press Guide

Harbor Porpoise Take Reduction Plan

Gulf of Maine

The Gulf of Maine portion of the plan pertains to all fishing with sink gillnets and other gillnets capable of catching multispecies in New England waters, from Maine through Rhode Island east of 72° 30' W. longitude.

The rule includes time and area closures, some of which are complete closures; others are closures to multispecies gillnet fishing unless pingers are used in the prescribed manner. In addition to the closures listed here, other closures are already established under Framework 25 of the Multispecies (groundfish) FMP; these closures are intended both to protect cod and to reduce the take of harbor porpoise.

Gulf of Maine closures

Northeast Area

August 15 to September 13 Closed

Mid-Coast Area

September 15 to May 31 Gillnets with pingers allowed

Massachusetts Bay Area

December 1 to Feb. 28/29 Gillnets with pingers allowed

March 1 - 31 Closed

April 1 to May 31 Gillnets with pingers allowed

Cape Cod South Area

December 1 to Feb. 28/29 Gillnets with pingers allowed

March 1-31 Closed

April 1- May 31 Gillnets with pingers allowed

Offshore area:

November 1 to May 31 Gillnets with pingers allowed

Cashes Ledge Area

February 1 - 28/29 Closed

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