Public Hearing for the Proposed Modifications to the Massachusetts Restricted Area (MRA) to Make Final the MRA Wedge Trap/Pot Buoy Line Closure--Gloucester, MA
NOAA Fisheries will hold hearings related to our proposed modifications to the Massachusetts Restricted Area (MRA) to make final the MRA Wedge trap/pot buoy line closure from February 1 through April 30 annually. This is one of two public hearings.
The hearing will begin with a brief presentation by NOAA Fisheries that gives an overview of the Proposed Rule to Close the Wedge Area within the Massachusetts Restricted Area Annually
Following the presentation and a brief period to ask clarifying questions, members of the public will have the opportunity to provide oral comments on the record regarding the proposed seasonal closure.
The scope of this meeting is confined to this proposed rule under the MMPA Take Reduction process. We understand the public may have concerns about other activities that may affect right whale recovery. For more information on additional right whale recovery activities, see our Road to Recovery page.
Written comments may also be submitted at any time during the public comment period via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. Please see the “Addresses” section of the proposed rule for instructions.
Electronic copies of the proposed rule and Environmental Assessment are available for review.
You will be asked to sign in with your name and affiliation at the door. There is no preregistration for this hearing, and there is no remote option. Free parking is available.