DAM zone: Right Whale

From: Mike Williamson (williams@whale.wheelock.edu)
Date: Sat May 31 2003 - 20:59:29 EDT

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    Dear ALWTRT Member or Interested Party:

    On May 18, 2003, a sighting of 3 right whales in the proximity of 42
    13' N latitude and 69 37' W longitude, northeast of Cape Cod, MA,
    resulted in the National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries)
    taking action under the Dynamic Area Management (DAM) program to provide
    protection for this aggregation of North Atlantic right whales. NOAA
    Fisheries announces that lobster trap/pot and anchored gillnet fishermen
    are requested to remove their gear on a voluntary basis, and are
    encouraged not to set additional gear, in an area totaling approximately
    925 square nautical miles (nm2)(1,714 km2), northeast of Cape Cod, MA,
    effective beginning at 0001 hours May 29, 2003, through 2400 hours June
    13, 2003

    The DAM zone is bound by the following coordinates:
    4233'N, 6956'W (NW Corner)
    4233'N, 6924'W
    4155'N, 6924'W
    4155'N, 6956'W

    A permit holder letter regarding the voluntary restrictions in the DAM
    zone is now posted on the Northeast Regional Office web page at
    <http://www.nero.noaa.gov/ro/doc/0503dam.pdf> and will soon be posted on
    the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan (ALWTRP) web page
    (http://www.nero.nmfs.gov/whaletrp/) under "What's New". NOAA Fisheries
    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, NOAA Fisheries appreciates your
    assistance in spreading the word about the DAM zone and its voluntary

    Diane Borggaard
    Large Whale Coordinator
    NOAA/NMFS/NERO Protected Resources Division
    1 Blackburn Dr.
    Gloucester, MA 01930
    Ph: 978-281-9328 ext. 6503
    Fax: 978-281-9394
    e-mail: diane.borggaard@noaa.gov

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