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Lobster Restricted Gear Areas

Map and GIS data representing four restricted gear areas.


There are four restricted areas that are alternatively closed to either trap or mobile gear on a seasonal basis. These areas were agreed upon by the mobile gear and trap fishers to reduce gear conflicts. These areas run west to east along the 50 fathom contours, south of Rhode Island.

Seasonal Closures
Restricted Gear Area Area Closed to Mobile Gear Area Closed to Lobster Fixed Gear
I Oct 1-Jun 15 Jun 16-Sep 30
II Nov 27-Jun 15 Jun 16-Nov 26
III Jun 16-Nov 26 Jan 1-Apr 30
IV Jun 16-Sep 30 N/A


Last updated by Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office on 10/18/2019