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NOAA Fisheries Service Clarifies the Existing Requirements for Use of Chain Mats by Sea Scallop Vessels and Adds a Transiting Provision to the Requirements

NOAA Fisheries Service has published a final rule in the Federal Register to clarify the existing sea turtle conservation requirements for sea scallop dredge vessels entering waters south of 41° 9.0' N. latitude from May 1 through November 30 each year and to add a transiting provision to the requirements. This current action addresses a procedural error in the original rulemaking to require chain mats on scallop dredge gear, clarifies the existing requirements, and adds a transiting provision to the regulations.

Last Updated: April 9, 2008

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