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Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan Guides for Trap/Pot Fishermen

Compliance guides for Atlantic coast trap/pot fishermen to reduce the risk of entanglements to large whales

The compliance guides below are for trap/pot fishermen in Northeast/Mid-Atlantic American lobster trap/pot fisheries, Massachusetts mixed species trap/pot fisheries, Atlantic blue crab trap/pot fishery, and Atlantic mixed species trap/pot which includes, but is not limited to: crab (red, Jonah, and rock), hagfish, finfish (black sea bass, scup, tautog, cod, haddock, pollock, redfish (ocean perch), and white hake), conch/whelk, and shrimp.

Compliance Guides

Northeast Lobster/Jonah Crab Trap/Pot 2021 Summary (PDF, 4 pages)

Gear Marking Requirement Illustrations (PDF, 4 pages)

Approved Weak Inserts (Videos and Images) 

Approved Weak Ropes (images)

LMA 3 Weak Rope Workshop (Register to join or watch recording)

2021 Modifications for Northeast Lobster/Jonah Crab Trap/Pot Fisheries

Northeast (Updated 2022) (PDF, 64 pages) 

Mid-Atlantic (PDF, 20 pages) 

Southeast (PDF, 18 pages) 

Southeast Blue Crab (PDF, 2 pages) 

North Carolina Black Sea Bass (PDF, 2 pages) 

South Carolina/Georgia Black Sea Bass (PDF, 2 pages) 

Florida Black Sea Bass (PDF, 2 pages) 

Last updated by Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office on September 11, 2023

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