Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Division of Marine Fisheries
251 Causeway Street, Suite 400
Boston, MA 02114
Fax (617) 626.1509
July 1, 2010
Extension of spring cod conservation zone closure
Director Paul Diodati has enacted an emergency extension to the spring cod conservation zone (CCZ) closure; it will be maintained through July 21, 2010. Recent research has determined that local north shore spawning cod aggregations will remain in the spring CCZ for three more weeks; alleviation of fishing pressure on this spawning aggregation will encourage 2010 recruitment and sustainability of Gulf of Maine cod.
Spring Cod Conservation Zone rules (322 CMR 8.15):
A public hearing will be scheduled for later this summer to discuss permanently extending the spring CCZ closure. Once notified, comments can be received by e-mail (email@example.com), fax (617-626-1509), or mail (251 Causeway St. Suite 400, Boston, MA 02114). For more information, please visit our website at www.mass.gov/marinefisheries.