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Emergency Restricted Area for the Trap/Pot Fishery: Massachusetts Restricted Area Wedge

Overview

Fishing Type
Commercial
Affected Species
Action Status
Emergency Rule
Effective
02/01/2023

Summary

NOAA Fisheries is extending a temporary emergency rule to prohibit trap/pot fishery buoy lines between federal and state waters within the Massachusetts Restricted Area (MRA) from February through April 2023 to reduce the incidental mortality and serious injury of North Atlantic right whales (Eubalaena glacialis) in commercial lobster and Jonah crab trap/pot fisheries. This emergency rule extension is necessary to reduce the risk of right whale mortality and serious injury caused by buoy lines in an area with a high co-occurrence of whales and buoy lines.

This area was also restricted in April 2022.

Bulletins

Emergency Closure for Trap/Pot Fisheries: Area Between Massachusetts State Waters and Federal Waters within the Massachusetts Restricted Area for February 1- April 30, 2023

Fishermen must remove all trap/pot gear from this area by February 1 and not set new gear in this area before May 1, 2023
January 31, 2023 -

Emergency Closure for Lobster and Jonah Crab Trap/Pot Fishery: Area Between Massachusetts Restricted Area and Massachusetts Restricted Area North for April 2022

Fishermen must remove all trap/pot gear from this area and not set new gear in this area from April 1-30, 2022
March 01, 2022 -

Last updated by Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office on 04/04/2023

Take Reduction