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ENB - Region 1 Notices 2/20/2013

Public Notice

Notice of Emergency Adoption and Proposed Rule Making to Amend 6 NYCRR Part 44

Pursuant to the Environmental Conservation Law sections 11-0303, 13-0105 and 13-0329-16, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) hereby gives notice of the following:

Notice of Emergency Adoption and Proposed Rule Making to amend 6 NYCRR Part 44 pertaining to lobster regulations. This rule making will adopt a closed season in Lobster Conservation Management Area (LMA) 4 (waters off the south shore of Long Island). The harvest and landing of lobsters from LMA 4 will be prohibited from February 1 through March 31. During the February 1 through March 31 closure, lobster permit holders who use lobster traps or pots will have a two week period to remove lobster pots from the water after the closed season begins and may set un-baited lobster traps or pots one week prior to the end of the closed season. Permit holders who designate multiple LMAs on their permit must abide by the "most restrictive rule" which requires them to cease fishing in all areas listed on their lobster permit should any LMA listed there be closed.

This rule making is necessary to reduce lobster harvest by 10% to initiate stock rebuilding and to remain in compliance with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Interstate Fishery Management Plan for the American Lobster.

This notice will be published in issue 8 of the State Register, dated February 20, 2013.

Please reference the proposed regulations web page.

STRONG>For further information, please contact:

Kim McKown
NYS DEC - Marine Resources Headquarters
205 North Belle Meade Road, Suite 1
East Setauket, NY 11733-3400
Phone: (631) 444-0454
E-mail: kamckown@gw.dec.state.ny.us

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