The Director hereby declares that it shall be unlawful for any person or vessel to possess or land in excess of 3,000 lbs of spiny dogfish per calendar day. This fishery shall open on May 1, 2012 and shall remain open until 58% of the coast-wide quota has been landed. Only those commercial fishermen with a spiny dogfish endorsement may possess or land spiny dogfish in the Commonwealth in accordance with this declaration.

On March 29, 2012, the Director of the Division of Marine Fisheries proposed a 3,000 lb trip limit specification for the 2012/2013 commercial spiny dogfish fishery in Massachusetts. This 3,000 lb. trip limit specification has been adopted by the National Marine Fisheries Service and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. Pursuant to 322 CMR § 6.35 the following actions have been taken: notice was filed with the Massachusetts Register on March 29, 2012; notice was published in the Cape Cod Times on April 2, 2012; on March 29, 2012 notice was electronically mailed to all fishermen on MarineFisheries’ list-serve and posted at the MarineFisheries website; MarineFisheries conducted a two-week public comment period from April 4, 2012 to April 20, 2012; and on April 24, 2012 the notice was approved by a majority of the members of the Massachusetts Marine Fisheries Advisory Commission.     

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