# Chapter 34 - GROUNDFISH REGULATIONS

- § 188-34-01 - Definitions
- § 188-34-02 - Methods of Mesh Measurement
- § 188-34-03 - Groundfish Spawning Closures
- § 188-34-04 - Groundfish Gear Restrictions
- § 188-34-05 - Commercial Groundfish Restrictions
- § 188-34-06 - Recreational Groundfish Restrictions.
- § 188-34-07 - Atlantic Halibut (Hippoglossus hippoglossus)
- § 188-34-08 - Whiting/Silver Hake (Merluccius-Bilinearis) Commercial Effort Restrictions

## Notes

August 22, 1979

AMENDED:

May 2, 1982 - Section 05

May 5, 1982 - Section 05 & Appendix

June 30, 1982 - Section 10

April 26, 1983 - Section 10(C)(1)

April 20, 1984 - Section 05

November 8, 1986 - Section 10(B)

May 3, 1987 - Section 10

December 21, 1987 - Section 10

September 12, 1988 - Section 10

March 21, 1989 - Section 10

September 19, 1989 - Section 10(A) & (B)

December 13, 1989 - Section 15, EMERGENCY, Expires 3/13/90

June 18, 1990 - Section 15

December 26, 1994 - Section 10(B)

April 23, 1995 - Section 10, 15 (REPEALED)

July 1, 1995 - Section 10(A)

August 31, 1997 - Section 10(A) & (B)

August 25, 1998 - renumbering throughout; addition of 34.10(1)(C)(3)

December 12, 1998 - Section 10(1)(B)(3) added

February 26, 2001 - Section 10

February 26, 20 01 - Section 20, EMERGENCY, Expires 5/27/01

May 23, 2001 - Section 10(1)(B)(2)(a) and (1)(B)(4)

March 25, 2002 - Section 10(1)(B)(4)(b)

May 22, 2002 - Section 10, EMERGENCY, Expires 8/20/02

July 22, 2002 - Section 10

October 21, 2002 - Section 10(1)(B)(4)(a)(i) and (ii); 10(1)(C)(4) added

September 16, 2003 - Section 10(1)(B)(2)(a) and (c), and 10(1)(C)(3)(e)

September 16, 2003 - Section 10(1)(B)(4)(c)

December 17, 2003 - Sections 10(1)(B)(4)(b) and (c)

September 20, 2004 - Section 10(1)(B)&(C)

May 5, 2005 - Section (10)(1)(B)(4)(a)(i) EMERGENCY, Expires 8/03/05

June 20, 2005 - Section 10(1)(B)(2)(c)

June 20, 2005 - Section 10(1)(B)(4)(a)(i)

October 24, 2005 - Section 10(1)(B)(4)(d)

July 24, 2006 - Section 10(1)(B)(2)(a) and (c)

June 25, 2007 - Section 34.10(1)(A)(5)

June 25, 2007 - Sections 34.01, 34.10(1)(B)(4)(c)(i)(b)

September 24, 2007 - Section 34.10(1)(B)(4)(b)

November 6, 2007 - Section 34.10(1)(B)(1)(a) - sunsets February 7, 2008

April 30, 2008 - Section 34.10(1)(B)(4)(vii) (major substantive)

May 26, 2008 - Section 34.10(1)(B)(4)(b)(ii)&(iii)

May 26, 2008 - Section 34.10(1)(B)(2)&(4)

September 23, 2008 - Section 34.10(1)(B)(4)(c)(i)(b)

July 20, 2009 - Section 34.10(1)(B)(2)(a)&(c)(iv)

February 22, 2010 - Section 34.10(1)(B)(1)(b)(i); and (d); 10(1)(B)(2)(c); 10(1)(C)(6)

April 6, 2010 - Section 34.10(1)(B) and

January 1, 2011 - Section 34.10(1)(B)(4)(b)(i) Note: This season becomes effective Jan. 1, 2011

October 26, 2010 - Section 34.10(1)(B)(4)(c)

December 20, 2010 - Section 34.10(1)(B)(1)(e) and (2)(f); (C)(7)

August 22, 2011 - Section 34.10(1)(B)(2)(e) repealed, (f) renumbered to (e)

April 27, 2012-Sections 34.10 (1)(B)(2)(a)&(c) EMERGENCY, Expires July 26, 2012

July 23, 2012- Section 34.10 (1)(B)(2)(a)&(c)

April 16, 2013-Section 34.10(1)(B)(1)(b)(i);10(1)(B)(1)(d); and 10(2)(c)

May 16, 2013-Section 34.10 (1)(B)(1)(a) & (1)(B)(2)(a);EMERGENCY Expires August 14, 2013

July 25, 2013- Section 34.10 (1)(B)(1)(a) & (1)(B)(2)(a)

May 8, 2014-Section 34.10(1)(A)(6) added; 34.10(1)(B)(1)(e), 34.10(1)(B)(2) EMERGENCY

Expires August 5, 2014

May 9, 2015-Section 34.10(1)(B)(2)(a); and 34.10(1)(B)(2)(c); EMERGENCY Expires August 6, 2015

August 8, 2015- Section 34.10(1)(B)(2)(a); and 34.10(1)(B)(2)(c)

July 12, 2016 - Repeal and Replace by Regular Rulemaking

April 30, 2017-Section 34.07(D)(8)-EMERGENCY, Expires July 29, 2017

August 7, 2017 Section 34.06(C)(1); 34.06(2)(b); 34.06(D)(2); 34.06(D)(2)(d); and 34.06(D)(4)

April 23, 2018- Section 34.07(A), 34.07(D)(4)&(8); EMERGENCY, Expires July 22, 2018

August 21, 2018-Section 34.07(A), 34.07(D)(4)&(8).

March 13, 2019-Section 34.07(C)(1)

July 17, 2019-Section 34.06

November 13, 2019-Section 34.06(D)(4)

May 6, 2020-Section 34.07(A)-Emergency rule-expires August 4, 2020

November 9, 2020-Section 34.07(A)-Adoption of emergency rule via regular rulemaking

May 6, 2021-34.07(A)-EMERGENCY

March 13, 2021-34.07(A)-Adoption of emergency rule via regular rule-making

September 1, 2022-34.06(C), (D), and (4)-EMERGENCY

November 1, 2022-Adoption of the September 1, 2022 emergency rule.

March 18, 2023-34.01(A), and 34.05(B)(3)

August 18. 2023 - 34.06 (C) and (D) - EMERGENCY

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- § 188-34-01 - Definitions
- § 188-34-02 - Methods of Mesh Measurement
- § 188-34-03 - Groundfish Spawning Closures
- § 188-34-04 - Groundfish Gear Restrictions
- § 188-34-05 - Commercial Groundfish Restrictions
- § 188-34-06 - Recreational Groundfish Restrictions.
- § 188-34-07 - Atlantic Halibut (Hippoglossus hippoglossus)
- § 188-34-08 - Whiting/Silver Hake (Merluccius-Bilinearis) Commercial Effort Restrictions

## Notes

August 22, 1979

AMENDED:

May 2, 1982 - Section 05

May 5, 1982 - Section 05 & Appendix

June 30, 1982 - Section 10

April 26, 1983 - Section 10(C)(1)

April 20, 1984 - Section 05

November 8, 1986 - Section 10(B)

May 3, 1987 - Section 10

December 21, 1987 - Section 10

September 12, 1988 - Section 10

March 21, 1989 - Section 10

September 19, 1989 - Section 10(A) & (B)

December 13, 1989 - Section 15, EMERGENCY, Expires 3/13/90

June 18, 1990 - Section 15

December 26, 1994 - Section 10(B)

April 23, 1995 - Section 10, 15 (REPEALED)

July 1, 1995 - Section 10(A)

August 31, 1997 - Section 10(A) & (B)

August 25, 1998 - renumbering throughout; addition of 34.10(1)(C)(3)

December 12, 1998 - Section 10(1)(B)(3) added

February 26, 2001 - Section 10

February 26, 20 01 - Section 20, EMERGENCY, Expires 5/27/01

May 23, 2001 - Section 10(1)(B)(2)(a) and (1)(B)(4)

March 25, 2002 - Section 10(1)(B)(4)(b)

May 22, 2002 - Section 10, EMERGENCY, Expires 8/20/02

July 22, 2002 - Section 10

October 21, 2002 - Section 10(1)(B)(4)(a)(i) and (ii); 10(1)(C)(4) added

September 16, 2003 - Section 10(1)(B)(2)(a) and (c), and 10(1)(C)(3)(e)

September 16, 2003 - Section 10(1)(B)(4)(c)

December 17, 2003 - Sections 10(1)(B)(4)(b) and (c)

September 20, 2004 - Section 10(1)(B)&(C)

May 5, 2005 - Section (10)(1)(B)(4)(a)(i) EMERGENCY, Expires 8/03/05

June 20, 2005 - Section 10(1)(B)(2)(c)

June 20, 2005 - Section 10(1)(B)(4)(a)(i)

October 24, 2005 - Section 10(1)(B)(4)(d)

July 24, 2006 - Section 10(1)(B)(2)(a) and (c)

June 25, 2007 - Section 34.10(1)(A)(5)

June 25, 2007 - Sections 34.01, 34.10(1)(B)(4)(c)(i)(b)

September 24, 2007 - Section 34.10(1)(B)(4)(b)

November 6, 2007 - Section 34.10(1)(B)(1)(a) - sunsets February 7, 2008

April 30, 2008 - Section 34.10(1)(B)(4)(vii) (major substantive)

May 26, 2008 - Section 34.10(1)(B)(4)(b)(ii)&(iii)

May 26, 2008 - Section 34.10(1)(B)(2)&(4)

September 23, 2008 - Section 34.10(1)(B)(4)(c)(i)(b)

July 20, 2009 - Section 34.10(1)(B)(2)(a)&(c)(iv)

February 22, 2010 - Section 34.10(1)(B)(1)(b)(i); and (d); 10(1)(B)(2)(c); 10(1)(C)(6)

April 6, 2010 - Section 34.10(1)(B) and

January 1, 2011 - Section 34.10(1)(B)(4)(b)(i) Note: This season becomes effective Jan. 1, 2011

October 26, 2010 - Section 34.10(1)(B)(4)(c)

December 20, 2010 - Section 34.10(1)(B)(1)(e) and (2)(f); (C)(7)

August 22, 2011 - Section 34.10(1)(B)(2)(e) repealed, (f) renumbered to (e)

April 27, 2012-Sections 34.10 (1)(B)(2)(a)&(c) EMERGENCY, Expires July 26, 2012

July 23, 2012- Section 34.10 (1)(B)(2)(a)&(c)

April 16, 2013-Section 34.10(1)(B)(1)(b)(i);10(1)(B)(1)(d); and 10(2)(c)

May 16, 2013-Section 34.10 (1)(B)(1)(a) & (1)(B)(2)(a);EMERGENCY Expires August 14, 2013

July 25, 2013- Section 34.10 (1)(B)(1)(a) & (1)(B)(2)(a)

May 8, 2014-Section 34.10(1)(A)(6) added; 34.10(1)(B)(1)(e), 34.10(1)(B)(2) EMERGENCY

Expires August 5, 2014

May 9, 2015-Section 34.10(1)(B)(2)(a); and 34.10(1)(B)(2)(c); EMERGENCY Expires August 6, 2015

August 8, 2015- Section 34.10(1)(B)(2)(a); and 34.10(1)(B)(2)(c)

July 12, 2016 - Repeal and Replace by Regular Rulemaking

April 30, 2017-Section 34.07(D)(8)-EMERGENCY, Expires July 29, 2017

August 7, 2017 Section 34.06(C)(1); 34.06(2)(b); 34.06(D)(2); 34.06(D)(2)(d); and 34.06(D)(4)

April 23, 2018- Section 34.07(A), 34.07(D)(4)&(8); EMERGENCY, Expires July 22, 2018

August 21, 2018-Section 34.07(A), 34.07(D)(4)&(8).

March 13, 2019-Section 34.07(C)(1)

July 17, 2019-Section 34.06

November 13, 2019-Section 34.06(D)(4)

May 6, 2020-Section 34.07(A)-Emergency rule-expires August 4, 2020

November 9, 2020-Section 34.07(A)-Adoption of emergency rule via regular rulemaking

May 6, 2021-34.07(A)-EMERGENCY

March 13, 2021-34.07(A)-Adoption of emergency rule via regular rule-making

September 1, 2022-34.06(C), (D), and (4)-EMERGENCY

November 1, 2022-Adoption of the September 1, 2022 emergency rule.

March 18, 2023-34.01(A), and 34.05(B)(3)

August 18. 2023 - 34.06 (C) and (D) - EMERGENCY