Northeast Multispecies Days-At-Sea Leasing Program
The Days-At-Sea Leasing Program allows the temporary transfer of days-at-sea between two limited access Northeast multispecies days-at-sea vessels.
Days-at-Sea Leasing Program Requirements
- Lessor: The vessel leasing out days-at-sea to another vessel.
- Lessee: The vessel receiving days-at-sea in the lease transaction.
- Leased days-at-sea may only be used in the fishing year in which the lease occurs.
- Vessels cannot carry over leased days-at-sea into the next fishing year.
- Lease days-at-sea are deducted before allocated days-at-sea.
- A vessel may lease days-at-sea to or from multiple vessels
- days-at-sea that have already been leased cannot be sub-leased to another vessel.
- History of leased days-at-sea will be presumed to remain with the lessor vessel, and landings resulting from leased days-at-sea will be presumed to be attributed to the lessee vessel.
Common Pool and Sectors
- A sector vessel may only lease days-at-sea from another sector vessel.
- A common pool vessel may only lease days-at-sea from another common pool vessel.
- A lessor vessel may only lease days-at-sea to a lessee vessel with a baseline engine horsepower rating that is no more than 20 percent greater than the baseline engine horsepower of the lessor.
- A lessor vessel may only lease days-at-sea to a lessee vessel with a baseline length overall that is no more than 10 percent greater than the baseline length overall of the lessor.
- Sectors can request an exemption from the days-at-sea leasing requirements.
Special Permit Conditions
- Vessels that do not require the use of days-at-sea (Handgear A, Small Vessel Category) may not lease days-at-sea.
- Additional days-at-sea associated with obtaining a Large Mesh Permit (Category F) may not be leased.
- Vessels that receive an allocation of monkfish days-at-sea and multispecies days-at-sea must use them together. In some instances, a vessel may receive fewer multispecies days-at-sea than monkfish days-at-sea. The remaining monkfish days-at-sea are considered “monkfish-only” days-at-sea and may be used in a monkfish exemption area. If a vessel in possession of “monkfish-only” days-at-sea chooses to lease in additional multispecies days-at-sea, then the monkfish days-at-sea are no longer considered “monkfish-only” and must be used in combination with the leased multispecies days-at-sea.
Days-At-Sea Leasing Baseline Downgrades
If the days-at-sea leasing baseline engine horsepower or length overall is larger than the currently permitted vessel, the baseline specifications may be downgraded to the horsepower and/or length overall of the currently permitted vessel for the purposes of the Days-At-Sea Leasing Program only. The downgrade does not affect the Days-At-Sea Transfer program baseline or any future vessel replacement. A downgrade application can be found on the Greater Atlantic Region Forms and Applications page.
How to Lease Days-At-Sea
- Lease transactions can be completed either using Fish Online or a paper application.
- Applications to lease days-at-sea may be submitted at any time during the fishing year.