Right whale - DAM Closure (fwd)

From: Mike Williamson (williams@whale.wheelock.edu)
Date: Sat Apr 20 2002 - 08:36:36 EDT


Subject: DAM Closure

This message is to provide you advance notice that NMFS has approved
temporary restrictions for lobster trap/pot and anchored gillnet gear for a
15-day period in an area off Cape Ann, Massachusetts, totaling 1,100 square
nautical miles in April and 1,700 square nautical miles in the beginning of
May.

On April 14, 2002, 8 right whales in the proximity of 42 31' N latitude and
70 00.6' W longitude were sighted, which resulted in NMFS taking action
under the Dynamic Area Management (DAM) program to provide immediate
protection to an aggregation of North Atlantic right whales.

The closure will become effective 2 days after the rule has published in the
Federal Register. We anticipate that the closure will be published in the
Federal Register by the middle of next week. Once effective, all anchored
gillnet and lobster trap gear must be removed from the area identified below
for the remainder of April and the early part of May. A separate e-mail
message and permit holder letter will be sent early next week that provides
the official effective date and duration of the closure.

Coordinates for the April DAM Zone that will be in effect 2 days after
publication in the Federal Register through April 30, beginning with the NW
corner, are as follows:

42 54'N, 70 30'W (NW Corner)
42 54'N, 69 30'W
42 30'N, 69 30'W
42 30'N, 70 15'W
42 12'N, 70 15'W
42 12'N, 70 30'W (SW Corner)

Coordinates for the May DAM Zone that will be in effect May 1 and end 15
days after the action becomes effective, beginning with the NW corner, are
as follows:

 42 54'N, 70 30'W (NW corner)
 42 54'N, 69 30'W
 42 12'N, 69 30'W
 42 12'N, 70 30'W (SW corner)

A second message will follow early next week as soon as NMFS learns from the
Office of the Federal Register when the rule will be published. That
message to you will provide the official effective date and duration of the
closure.



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