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Habitat Clam Dredge Exemption Framework


Fishing Type
Affected Species
Action Status
Final Rule
Point of Contact
Douglas Potts, Fishery Policy Analyst, (978) 281-9341


NOAA Fisheries is implementing the New England Fishery Management Council's Habitat Clam Dredge Exemption Framework Adjustment to its Fishery Management Plans.

This final rule allows the surfclam fishery to operate hydraulic dredge gear year-round in two small areas (McBlair and Fishing Rip) and seasonally in a third area (Old South) within the Great South Channel Habitat Management Area (HMA). Mussel dredge fishing is also be allowed in these exemption areas. These exemption areas were chosen to allow relatively limited access to some historical surfclam fishing grounds, while protecting the majority of the HMA. 



Atlantic Surfclam Permit Holders: NOAA Fisheries Announces the Creation of Three Exemption Areas Within the Great South Channel Habitat Management Area

Effective Date: June 18, 2020 NOAA Fisheries announces the creation of three exemption areas within the Great South Channel Habitat Management Area (HMA) where vessels may fish for Atlantic surfclams or blue mussels with dredge gear.
May 19, 2020 -

Last updated by Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office on 05/18/2020