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NOAA Fisheries Reminds Pelagic Longline Fishermen that Spring Gulf of Mexico Gear Restricted Areas are in Effect from April 1 through May 31

Posted: March 23, 2016

This notice is to remind pelagic longline (PLL) fishermen that the annual Spring Gulf of Mexico Gear Restricted Areas (GRA) will be in effect for all vessels deploying PLL gear or fishing with PLL onboard from April 1 through May 31, each year.  Please see the map below (Figure 1) that shows the location of these areas in the Gulf of Mexico waters.

Figure 1. Spring Gulf of Mexico GRAs, Closed April 1 – May 31,each year.

This notice is a courtesy to fishery participants to help keep you informed about the fishery. For further information, contact Thomas Warren or Brad McHale at 978-281-9260, Craig Cockrell or Carrie Soltanoff at 301-427-8503, or Jennifer Cudney at 727-824-5399.


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