Southern New England Exemption Area

Exempted fisheries allow vessels to fish for specific species without being subject to certain northeast (NE) multispecies regulations, including days-at-sea, provided the bycatch of regulated species is minimal. In this Exemption Area (EA), a vessel may fish for several specific species using trawl gear and does not need to be on NE multispecies trip as long as it does not possess or land regulated multispecies beyond those included in the exempted fishery.