Waterman why do you keep posting that the trunk will close in march ???waterman482 said:all of the trip boats are working up in the closed areas on georges banks or the lightship area and the news only gets better for next year being that the elephants trunk closed area will open in january and close in march so no tuna behind the scallop boats next year either,and besides last year we had the best blufin fishing in sept behind the boats they will come behind the day boats you just have to know the right people and keep in touch with them
thats just what i have heard from a few fulltime permit holders that have been to the meetings that they will close it early to avoid bycatch of turtles and other migratory species,just like one of the closed areas up north is being shut down after a very short notice so a few of the boats my friends work on are thinking about leaving today in the storm to get in the area before it closes,its just the way things work out i am sure the scallopers would rather be out there in may,june,july when its nice than in the dead of winter but i doubt the way nmfs works it will be that wayVDAWG said:Waterman why do you keep posting that the trunk will close in march ???
When clearly the plan in effect is to open it in Jan.and close it for Sept-oct in the fall ....
am i missing something?
Im not trying to break your balls,Just wondering if you know something that the local scallopers on my street dont ...
Also there are plenty of boats working down to our south 80-90 miles from C.M On 1 trip 2 weeks ago i personally seen at least 15 scallop boats working in a tight area both day and trip boats ...
Federal officials announced plans this week to reopen a large, productive fishing ground off the mid-Atlantic coast for sea scallops, effective in January 2007 – a move expected to provide major opportunities for fishers and merchants in Hampton Roads who target the buttery bivalves.
The opening includes an environmental hitch: The fishing ground will close again each fall, from Sept. 1 to Oct. 31, to protect sea turtles from accidentally being killed by powerful dredges used to gather sea scallops from the bottom of the ocean.
Conservation groups were lukewarm to the new rules announced Thursday by the National Marine Fisheries Service. They applauded the government for helping federally protected turtles from dying in scallop dredges, but argued that the protections do not go far enough.
Oceana , a Washington-based environmental group, still was deciding Friday whether to challenge the plans in court, said David Allison, an activist and campaign director .
The fishing ground in question, located about 50 miles offshore, is known as the Elephant Trunk . Covering about 1,000 square miles , it has been closed for the past three years so baby scallops could grow and spawn without the danger of capture.
William DuPaul , a professor and scallop expert at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, said the reprieve has resulted in a treasure trove of large, meaty scallops within the Elephant Trunk, named for its contours on the ocean floor.