- Federal Fishing Year 2016 - May 1, 2016 - April 30, 2017 - 5% trap reduction and trap transfers apply
- 2016 Trap Tags - Must be affixed by June 1, 2016
- Jonah Crab FMP Regulations - June 1, 2016 or sooner - 4.75" minimize size, prohibition on retention of egg bearing females, directed fishery limited to lobster license holders. Landing state regulations apply to federal fishermen.
Heading out Fishing
F/V Lady Clare
New Jersey Offshore Lobster Fleet
Jonah Crab Fishery Managment Plan regulations (see below) go into effect no later than June 1, 2016. However, some states, such as ME, NH, and MA, already have regulations on the books. Landing state regulations apply to federal vessels. Please check with your state fisheries managers or speak to Heidi for more information.
If you find a lobster tagged with a yellow tag marked "AOLA", please contact us and report the: date, location, tag #, whether the tagged lobster had eggs and/or v-notch and whether you kept or discarded the animal. If you have a way to measure carapace length in millimeters, we would appreciate that information as well. We will be raffling off the following cash rewards for tag reports: 1st place- $500, 2nd place - $300, 3rd place $200. Each tag report will qualify as one entry into the raffle. Raffle winners will be drawn July 1, 2016.
AOLA supports, through advocacy and leadership, the efforts of the offshore lobster industry to develop and maintain a strong, stable, and sustainably minded fishery. We are the sole organized voice of the offshore lobster industry, representing a majority of the active fleet. AOLA is primarily supported through membership dues and donations. To support our efforts, please consider becoming a member or making a tax deductible donation.
JOIN AOLA: If you are an offshore lobsterman or represent a company that does business with the lobster industry, our efforts to foster a healthy and profitable industry and resource directly benefit you. Please consider joining; new voices, visions, and your financial support will make us stronger and help guide us in the right direction for the industry. Please click on "JOIN AOLA" to learn more.
DONATE TO AOLA: Not an offshore lobsterman or representative of a fisheries related business? You can still support our efforts to harvest healthy, sustainable, domestic seafood. To make a tax deductible donation to our general fund, please click on "DONATE TO AOLA". To specifically support our research fund, dedicated to supporting industry led research efforts, click here.