Whale Protections Triggered on Jeffreys Ledge -- December 3, 2002 2002/12/03 Whale Protections Triggered on Jeffrey's Ledget

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Dynamic Area Management

Triggered by Sightings

of Right Whales

George Liles
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Teri Frady
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NMFS Northeast Region

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Gloucester, Mass. -- NOAA Fisheries has established a Dynamic Area Management Zone with temporary restrictions on lobster pot/trap and anchored gillnet fishing gear for 15 days (begining December 5) in a 1,600 square nautical mile area east of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. All anchored gillnet and lobster gear must be removed and no new gear may be set in the area from December 5-19. The action is being taken to protect an aggregation of right whales in the area. Information on the temporary restrictions is available in a Permit Holder letter posted on the NOAA Fisheries Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan website "What's New?"

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