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nr-27-2016

Release: Immediate
Date: Mar. 24, 2016
Contact: NOAA Sustainable Fisheries Division
Phone: 727-824-5305

Commercial Harvest of Gray Triggerfish in
South Atlantic Waters Will Close on April 2, 2016

Commercial harvest of gray triggerfish in South Atlantic waters will close at 12:01 a.m. (local time) April 2, 2016. The commercial annual catch limit for gray triggerfish in the South Atlantic is divided into two quotas for two 6-month periods (Jan. through June and July through Dec.). Landing reports indicate the January through June commercial quota of 156,162 pounds whole weight will be met by April 2, 2016. This commercial closure will be effective until June 30, 2016. Commercial harvest of gray triggerfish will re-open on July 1, 2016, with a commercial quota of 156,162 pounds whole weight for the July - December fishing season.

The operator of a vessel with a valid federal commercial permit for snapper-grouper and who is landing gray triggerfish for sale must have landed and bartered, traded, or sold such gray triggerfish prior to 12:01 a.m., local time, April 2, 2016. The prohibition on sale does not apply to sale or purchase of gray triggerfish that were harvested, landed ashore, and sold prior to 12:01 a.m. (local time) April 2, 2016, and held in cold storage by a dealer or processor.

During the commercial closure:

  • Harvest or possession of gray triggerfish in or from federal waters is limited to the recreational bag and possession limits when the recreational sector is open.
  • Sale or purchase of gray triggerfish from both state and federal waters is prohibited for a person onboard a vessel with a valid federal commercial or charter vessel/headboat permit for snapper-grouper.

This closure is necessary to protect the snapper-grouper resource.

FB16-023


Release: Immediate
Date: Mar. 22, 2016
Contact: Sustainable Fisheries Division
Phone: 727-824-5305

Commercial Harvest of Vermilion Snapper in South Atlantic Waters
Will Close on March 29, 2016

Commercial harvest of vermilion snapper in South Atlantic waters will close at 12:01 a.m. (local time) March 29, 2016. The 2016 January-June commercial catch limit is 431,460 pounds whole weight. Reports indicate the catch limit will be met by March 29, 2016. Commercial harvest will reopen at 12:01 a.m. (local time) on July 1, 2016.

The operator of a vessel that has been issued a federal commercial permit for snapper-grouper and that is landing vermilion snapper for sale must have landed and bartered, traded, or sold such vermilion snapper prior to 12:01 a.m., local time, March 29, 2016. The prohibition on sale does not apply to sale or purchase of vermilion snapper that were harvested, landed ashore, and sold prior to 12:01 a.m. (local time) March 29, 2016, and held in cold storage by a dealer or processor.

During the closure:

  • Harvest or possession of vermilion snapper in or from federal waters is limited to the recreational bag and possession limits.
  • Sale and purchase of vermilion snapper in or from federal waters is prohibited.
  • The closure applies in both state and federal waters for a person onboard a vessel with a federal snapper-grouper permit.

This closure is necessary to protect the snapper-grouper resource.

FB16-021


Release: Immediate
Date: Mar. 17, 2016
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021

Time running out to enter reef guide photo contest

MOREHEAD CITY — Time is running out to submit an entry for the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ Reef Guide Photo Contest.

The deadline for entering the contest is noon March 30.

“We’ve had some great entries, so far,” said Amy Comer, photo contest coordinator with the Artificial Reef Program. “We know there are more great photos out there, and we’d love for them to be submitted.”

The division is looking for photos that show the abundant fisheries resources available on North Carolina’s artificial reefs and the different ways people use the reefs.

The grand prize winner will receive a $125 cash prize and the photo will be featured on the front cover of the 2016 Marine Fisheries Reef Guide. The second place winner will receive a $50 cash prize and the third place winner will receive a $25 cash prize. All winners will be recognized with a photo on the Division of Marine Fisheries’ Artificial Reef Program’s webpage.

Entry photos should be taken while fishing or diving on a North Carolina artificial reef.

The photo contest is open to amateur and professional photographers 18 or older.

Entries should be high resolution and have a vertical (portrait) orientation. All entries must be submitted electronically with an entry form to ArtificialReefs@ncdenr.gov. Each entrant may submit up to five photos.

Official contest rules and entry forms can be found at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/artificial-reefs-program.

Photos will be judged by April 15. Winners will be notified by April 22.

The 2016 Marine Fisheries Reef Guide will be a 5 ½ x 8 ½ waterproof book that compiles information about all the state’s artificial reefs and oyster sanctuaries. It will include a comprehensive description of reef locations, types of materials deployed on the reefs, the dates of deployments, and directions from the nearest buoy or inlet. The book will also feature tables with reef coordinates that correspond to a color-coded map.

The division’s Artificial Reef Program received $176,000 from Coastal Recreational Fishing License grants to produce the hard-copy reef guide, as well as enhancements to the Artificial Reef Program’s webpage, including an interactive electronic reef guide. Completion of the hard-copy and electronic reef guides are scheduled for this summer.

For more information, contact Comer at 252-808-8054 or Amy.Comer@ncdenr.gov.

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