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U.S. Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico Trotline

Current Classification on the 2017 LOF

Category III
Estimated Number of Participants Unknown
Target Species Blue crab,
and other
Applicable Take Reduction Plans N/A
Observer Coverage N/A
Marine Mammal Species/Stocks Killed or Injured None documented in the most recent 5
years of data

^ Number of participants estimates are based on state and federal fisheries permit data.  The estimated number of participants is expressed in terms of the number of active participants in the fishery, when possible.  If this information is not available, the estimated number of vessels or persons licensed for a particular fishery is provided.  If no recent information is available on the number of participants, then the number from the most recent LOF is used.  NMFS acknowledges that, in some cases, these estimations may be inflating actual effort.  

*Observer coverage levels include the latest information reported in the most current final Stock Assessment Report (SAR)

1Indicates the stock or species is driving the classification of the fishery 

Note: Current classification based on final LOF, no proposed changes are reflected in this table.

Basis for Current Classification

There are no known takes of marine mammals with this gear. 


Throughout the coastal U.S. Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico.

Gear Description

A long horizontal main line strung out between two wooden poles, from a riverbank to midstream, or along a bank. Leaders with hooks are attached at intervals and baited. Trotlines may have as many as 100 hooks.  


State regulations and Chesapeake Bay Program Blue Crab Fishery Management Plan. (Chesapeake Bay Program, Blue Crab Management Plan, June 1997

Historical Information

Original Category (Year added to the LOF) III (2009)
Original Number of Participants unknown
Basis for Original Classification There were no known takes of marine mammals with this gear at time of listing.
Past Names N/A
Species/stocks historically documented as killed or injured (but not currently on the list) Bottlenose dolphin, Charleston estuarine system

Timeline of Changes

  • Added U.S. Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico trotline to the list

Updated December 14, 2016