Right Whales-DAM zone (fwd)

From: Mike Williamson (williams@whale.wheelock.edu)
Date: Thu Dec 05 2002 - 16:11:42 EST

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    Dear ALWTRT Member or Interested Party:

    Due to adverse weather conditions, the National Marine Fisheries Service
    announces that the mandatory anchored gillnet and lobster trap gear
    restrictions that are effective 0001 hours, December 5, 2002, through
    2400 hours December 19, 2002, on Jeffreys Ledge, east of Portsmouth, New
    Hampshire, will be changed from mandatory restrictions to voluntary
    restrictions. When weather allows, fishermen are encouraged to remove
    anchored gillnet and lobster trap gear in the area bound by the
    following coordinates: 43 19'N, 70 35'W; 43 19'N, 69 40'W; 42 39'N,
    69 40'W; and 42 39'N, 70 35'W during the restricted time period. The
    northwestern corner of the area from 4311'N due north to 4319'N will
    follow the coastline. Additionally, fishermen are encouraged not to
    set gear in this area during the restricted time period.

    A revised permit holder letter regarding the voluntary restrictions in
    the Dynamic Area Management (DAM) zone is now posted on the Atlantic
    Large Whale Take Reduction Plan (ALWTRP) web page
    (http://www.nero.nmfs.gov/whaletrp/) under "What's New". NMFS will be
    notifying the public of the voluntary DAM zone by issuing radio
    announcements, working through appropriate media, distributing the
    permit holder letter to affected fishermen, as well as other means. As
    an ALWTRT member or interested party, NMFS appreciates your assistance
    in spreading the word about the DAM zone and its voluntary restrictions.

    --
    Diane Borggaard
    Large Whale Coordinator
    NOAA/NMFS/NERO Protected Resources Division
    1 Blackburn Dr.
    Gloucester, MA 01930
    Ph: 978-281-9145
    Fax: 978-281-9394
    e-mail: diane.borggaard@noaa.gov
    



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