Mid-Atlantic Component

The Mid-Atlantic portion of the plan pertains to waters west of 72 °30' W. longitude to the Mid-Atlantic shoreline from New York to North Carolina. The rule includes time and area closures to gillnet fishing unless the gear meets certain specifications. The plan also includes some time and area closures in which gillnet fishing is prohibited regardless of the gear specifications.

The Mid-Atlantic plan pertains to:

New Jersey waters and U.S. waters off New Jersey out to 72° 30' W. longitude, January 1 through April 30, and

Southern Mid-Atlantic waters (Maryland, Delaware, Virginia and North Carolina) and U.S. waters off the southern Mid-Atlantic out to 72° 30' W. longitude, February 1 through April 30.

Some management measures refer to the "New Jersey Mudhole," which is defined as an area bounded as follows: the point where 40° 30' N. latitude intersects the New Jersey shoreline, east to the intersection with 73° 20' W. longitude, then south to the intersection with 40° 05' N. latitude, then west to the intersection with the New Jersey shoreline.

Gillnet fishing in Mid-Atlantic waters during regulated periods is regulated differently for small mesh and large mesh gear.

Management Measures for the Large Mesh

Gillnet Fishery in the Mid-Atlantic

(Includes gillnet with mesh size of 7-18 inches)

Floatline length

New Jersey Mudhole Less than or equal to 3,900 feet

New Jersey waters

(excluding Mudhole) Less than or equal to 4,800 feet

Southern Mid-Atlantic Less than or equal to 3,900 feet

Twine size

All Mid-Atlantic waters Greater than or equal to .90 mm

Tie downs

All Mid-Atlantic waters Required

Net cap

All Mid-Atlantic waters 80 nets (nets are 300 feet long)

All nets must be tagged by 1/1/00

Time/Area closures

New Jersey waters

out to 72° 30' W. longitude

including the Mudhole Closed April 1-20

New Jersey Mudhole Closed February 15- March 15

Southern Mid-Atlantic waters

out to 72° 30' W. longitude Closed February 15-March 15

Management Measures for the Small Mesh

Gillnet Fishery in the Mid-Atlantic

(Includes gillnet with mesh > 5" and < 7" inches)

Floatline length

New Jersey waters Less than or equal to 3,000 feet

Southern Mid-Atlantic Less than or equal to 2,118 feet

Twine size

all Mid-Atlantic waters Equal to or greater than .81 mm

Net cap

all Mid-Atlantic waters 45 nets (nets are 300 feet long)

All nets tagged by 1/1/00

Time/Area closures

New Jersey Mudhole Closed February 15-March 15

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