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Attention Lobstermen - Aug. 29, 2017

It has been brought to DMR’s attention that there has been some confusion as to how the new second zone tagging requirement works. 
 
As a reminder, all lobstermen fishing any gear outside their declared zone (also referred to as home zone) will need to affix a second zone tag to those traps.  This second tag will be in addition to the declared zone tag.  This requirement for the use of a second zone tag has been in effect since June 1, 2017.
 
This regulation is intended to improve enforcement of the “49/51” rule, that limits the number of traps a lobsterman may fish outside their declared zone to 49% of the number of tags they purchase. 
 
This notice is a reminder that the second zone tagging requirement
applies to BOTH state and federal waters. 
 
All traps fished in a non-declared zone must have both trap tags attached to them.