Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery; 2020 Closure of the Closed Area I Access Area for Limited Access General Category Individual Fishing Quota Vessels

September 11, 2020

The Closed Area I Scallop Access Area is closed to all federally permitted Limited Access General Category (LAGC) Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) scallop vessels effective 0001 hr, on September 13, 2020.

The Closed Area I Scallop Access Area is closed to limited access general category (LAGC) individual fishing quota (IFQ) scallop vessels effective 0001 hours, on September 13, 2020. 

As of September 13, 2020, no scallop vessel fishing under LAGC IFQ regulations may fish for, possess, or land scallops in or from the Closed Area I Scallop Access Area. The scallop regulations require that we close this area once we project that the LAGC fleet has used the 571 trips allocated to them in this area.

Vessels that have declared a trip into the Closed Area I Scallop Access Area using the correct Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) code, and have crossed the VMS demarcation line before 0001 hr, September 13, 2020, may complete their trip and retain and land scallops caught from the Closed Area I Scallop Access Area.

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Map of scallop access area

 

Last updated by Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office on September 11, 2020