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

July 17, 2020

The Mid-Atlantic Access Area is closed to all federally permitted Limited Access General Category (LAGC) Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) scallop vessels effective 0001 hr, on July 19, 2020.

The Mid-Atlantic Scallop Access Area is closed to limited access general category (LAGC) individual fishing quota (IFQ) scallop vessels effective 0001 hours, on July 19, 2020. 

As of July 19, 2020, no scallop vessel fishing under LAGC IFQ regulations may fish for, possess, or land scallops in or from the Mid-Atlantic Access Area. The scallop regulations require that we close this area once we project that the LAGC fleet has used the 1,142 trips allocated to them in this area.

Vessels that have declared a trip into the Mid-Atlantic Scallop Access Area using the correct Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) code, and have crossed the VMS demarcation line before 0001 hr, July 19, 2020, may complete their trip and retain and land scallops caught from the Mid-Atlantic Scallop Access Area.

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Last updated by Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office on July 17, 2020