DMF is authorizing an experimental fishery program that will exempt draggers endorsed to land scup from the current 800 pound daily scup trip limits, in favor of a weekly aggregate trip limit during the period of May 1 – October 31. The purpose of this experimental fishery program is to reduce the regulatory discarding of scup and consequent discard mortality caused by the occasional large single tow that exceeds the 800 pound daily trip limit. DMF may revise or discontinue this program at any time if it is determined that this program is contributing to discards of scup due to increased directed fishing effort on the species.
This experimental fishery program will be authorized through a Letter of Authorization (LOA), issued by MarineFisheries in accordance with M.G.L. c. 130 § 80 and 322 CMR 7.01(7). The LOA will be valid during the period of May 1 through October 31, or until 100% of the 2014 Massachusetts commercial scup quota is reached, whichever occurs first. Instructions on how to receive an LOA are provided in the bullets below.
During the May 1 – June 9 squid fishery, the weekly aggregate scup limit allowed by this program is 5,600 lbs; this represents the product of the existing 800 pound daily trip limit when multiplied against seven open fishing days. During the June 10 – October 31 mixed trawl fishery, the weekly aggregate scup limit allowed by this program is 4,000 lbs; this represents the product of the existing 800 pound daily trip limit when multiplied against five open fishing days.
For reporting and compliance purposes, a week is considered Sunday through Saturday. The weekly landing limit will be enforced through dealer reports and Vessel Trip Reports. For state reporting vessels, DMF will provide a daily log book, which will serve a similar purpose as the VTR for the purpose of this program.
Directions to Obtain an LOA
Send a request, via fax or e-mail, to the attention of Jared Silva (fax: 617-626-1509 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org). All requests must be made no later than 5:00 PM on May 30, 2014 and shall contain the following information:
- Name of the person that holds the Massachusetts commercial fisherman permit endorsed with a Coastal Access Permit;
- Address of the permit holder;
- Six-digit MarineFisheries identification number; and
- The name, length and documentation number for vessel listed on the Massachusetts permit.
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