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Lobster/Jonah Crab Minimum Traps Per Trawl: Northeast Region

The trap/trawl minimums for the Northeast lobster and Jonah crab fishery by area.

Map of minimum traps/trawl in Northeast REgion

Minimum Traps per Buoy Line in Lobster Management Areas

LMA1, excluding Maine Zones:

Minimum Traps/Trawl

3-6* nm 

10 (no change)

6*–12 nm

15 

Beyond 12 nm 

25 

Outer Cape Cod 

 

3–12 nm

15

12+ nm

20

LMA 2 (no changes)

 

3-12 nm

10

12+

15

2 / 3 overlap 

20 (if you have an LMA 2 permit only)

45 (if you have an LMA 3 permit)

LMA 3

 

North of 50 fathom line on the south end of Georges Bank

45, increase maximum trawl length to 1.75 nm 

South of 50 fathom line on the south end of Georges Bank

35, increase maximum trawl length to 1.75 nm 

Georges Basin Restricted Area

50, increase maximum trawl length to 1.75 nm

 

Minimum Number of Traps per Buoy Line in Maine Zones

Maine Zones

Requirements With Two Buoy Lines

Requirements With One Buoy Line 

ME exempt area–3 nm, 

 Zones A, B, F, G

N/A

3 traps/trawl

ME exempt area–3 nm, 

 Zones C, D, E

4 traps/trawl

2 traps/trawl (status quo)

ME exempt area–3 nm,

  Zones C, D, E

2 traps/trawl (status quo)

N/A

ME 3–6 nm*, 

 Zone A West

8 traps/trawl 

4 traps/trawl 

ME 3–6 nm*,

 Zone B

N/A

5 traps/trawl 

ME 3–6 nm*, 

 Zones C, D, E, F, G

10 traps/trawl 

5 traps/trawl 

ME 3 –12 nm,

 Zone A East

20 traps/trawl 

10 traps/trawl 

ME 6*–12 nm, 

Zone A West

15 traps/trawl 

8 traps/trawl 

ME 6*–12 nm,

 Zone B, D, E, F

10 traps/trawl (status quo)

5 traps/trawl

ME 6*–12 nm,

 Zone C, G

20 traps/trawl 

10 traps/trawl 

 

*Note that the 6 nm line refers to an approximation, described in 50 CFR 229.32 (a)(2)(ii).

 

Last updated by Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office on 10/06/2021

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