Northeast Multispecies Vessels : Closure of the Regular B Days-At-Sea Program

December 16, 2019 - 8:45 am

Effective at 0845 hours on December 16, 2019, the Regular B Days-at-Sea (DAS) program is closed for the remainder of fishing year 2019, through April 30, 2020.

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During this closure, Northeast multispecies vessels may not declare or use regular B days-at-sea. We have closed the Regular B DAS program because 77 percent of the 242.5 lb Incidental Catch Total Allowable Catch (TAC) for Gulf of Maine cod is projected to have been caught. The Regional Administrator is authorized to close the Regular B Days-at-Sea Program, if it is projected that catch in the Regular B DAS Program cannot be constrained to the Gulf of Maine Cod Incidental Catch TAC. With only two trip limits of catch available before the fishery meets or exceeds the Gulf of Maine Cod Incidental Catch TAC, we project that this criteria for closure has been met.

If you have crossed the vessel monitoring system demarcation line and are currently at sea on a groundfish trip declared under a regular B day-at-sea, you may complete your trip.

Questions?  Contact:  Spencer Talmage, 978-281-9232, spencer.talmage@noaa.gov

 

Last updated by Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office on January 08, 2020