Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Division of Marine Fisheries
251 Causeway Street, Suite 400
Boston, MA 02114
Fax (617) 626.1509
April 21, 2011
RENEWAL OF SPRING AND WINTER COD CONSERVATION ZONES
The Commonwealth’s Marine Fisheries Advisory Commission met on April 7 and approved proposed regulations to renew the Spring and Winter Cod Conservation Zones (CCZs). Due to the late timing of the action, MarineFisheries is enacting emergency regulations. This action will maintain protection for cod spawning aggregations, while decreasing the overall area closed to allow greater fishing access.
Based on industry requests to allow for greater groundfishing access in concert with the growing research on the timing and location of spawning aggregations, the new CCZ regulations include revisions to the size and dates for both closures. The Spring CCZ is expanded to the east and west, and the closure goes into effect two weeks earlier and closes the same date as last year. The Winter CCZ is reduced in size by 48% (58 nm2) through three boundary revisions: (1) lowering the northern boundary to the south by 2.4 nm; (2) opening a portion of the northeast corner of the closure; and (3) raising the southern boundary by 1 nm. The closure goes into effect two weeks earlier. Additionally, access is being provided to groundfish fishermen in the May and June “rolling closures” (see separate Advisory issued April 21).
Spring Cod Conservation Zone Rules:
Winter Cod Conservation Rules:
|North Latitude||West Longitude|
|42º 21.0'||MA Coast|
|42º 21.0'||70º 40.0'|
|42º 23.6'||70º 39.2'|
|42º 27.5'||70º 42.4'|
|42º 27.5'||MA Coast|
A public hearing will be scheduled for this summer to discuss permanently renewing the closures. Contact MarineFisheries for additional information at 617-626-1520 or visit the website at: www.mass.gov/marinefisheries.