Subject: Gill Nets: Fisheries of (fwd)

Michael Williamson (
Wed, 5 Mar 1997 09:20:46 -0500 (EST)

J. Michael Williamson
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Date: Tue,  4 Mar 97 12:47:00 GMT 
Subject: 150 CFR Part 648 Fisheries of

150 CFR Part 648 Fisheries of the Northeastern

  WASHINGTON,DC (FedNet, 3-MAR-97) -- NMFS issues this final rule to
implement measures contained in Framework Adjustment 16 to the
Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan (FMP). This rule
prohibits the use of all gillnets capable of catching Northeast
multispecies during the periods in which the harbor porpoise time/area
closures are in effect unless the gillnet meets certain specifications.
The intent of this action is to restrict the use of small mesh pelagic
gillnets, which are currently exempt from the multispecies regulations,
to avoid increasing the risk of harbor porpoise entanglements but still
allow a traditional bait fishery to continue by specifying the size and
method of deployment of the gear. EFFECTIVE DATE: April 2, 1997.