NMFS Seeks Comments on Exempted Fishing Permit Application

The National Marine Fisheries Service is considering an application submitted by the Northeast Sector Service Network for an Exemption Fishing Permit (EFP) to allow a single commercial fishing vessel to participate in exploratory haddock fishing in the Gulf of Maine using a 6-inch mesh gillnet. The purpose of the EFP is to explore the feasibility of using a 6-inch mesh net to target haddock while minimizing cod bycatch. The EFP would authorize the participatory vessel to make 25-35 trips between January 1, 2022, and May 31, 2022.