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Closure of the Mid-Atlantic Scallop Access Area for the Limited Access General Category Individual Fishing Quota Fleet

October 01, 2019

NOAA Fisheries is closing the Mid-Atlantic Scallop Access Area to all federally permitted limited access general category scallop vessels effective 0001 hr, on October 2, 2019.

The Mid-Atlantic Scallop Access Area is closed to limited access general category (LAGC) individual fishing quota (IFQ) scallop vessels effective 0001 hours, on October 2, 2019

As of October 2, 2019, 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 1,713 trips allocated to them in this area.

Vessels that have complied with the observer notification requirements, 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, October 2, 2019, may complete their trip and retain and land scallops caught from the Mid-Atlantic Scallop Access Area. 


Contact Travis Ford, Sustainable Fisheries Division, (978) 281-9233


Last updated by Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office on October 01, 2019