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Release: Immediate
Date: June 29, 2015
Contact: NOAA Sustainable Fisheries Division
Phone: 727-824-5305

Recreational Harvest of Snowy Grouper in South Atlantic Waters
Will Close on July 6, 2015

Recreational harvest of snowy grouper in the South Atlantic will close at 12:01 a.m. (local time), July 6, 2015. Recreational harvest will reopen at 12:01 a.m. (local time) on January 1, 2016. The 2015 recreational annual catch limit is 523 fish. The 2015 fishing season must be shortened if the average 2012-2014 recreational landings exceed the annual catch limit. Reports indicate the average 2012-2014 landings exceeded the annual catch limit; therefore, the recreational harvest of snowy grouper will close July 6, 2015.

During the closure:

  • Recreational harvest or possession of snowy grouper is prohibited.
  • The closure applies in both state and federal waters for vessels with a valid charter/headboat permit for South Atlantic Snapper-Grouper.
  • Commercial harvest of snowy grouper for the 2015 fishing season closed on June 30, 2015; therefore, harvest or possession of snowy grouper in or from federal waters is closed.
  • Sale and purchase of snowy grouper in or from federal waters is prohibited.

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

This announcement is forwarded as a courtesy of the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council.

Relevant copies are also posted on the Council's website at www.safmc.net.

FB15-045


Release: Immediate
Date: June 25, 2015
Contact: NOAA Sustainable Fisheries Division
Phone: 727-824-5305

Commercial Harvest of Snowy Grouper in South Atlantic Waters
Will Close on June 30, 2015

Commercial harvest of snowy grouper in South Atlantic waters will close, at 12:01 a.m. (local time) on June 30, 2015. Commercial harvest will reopen at 12:01 a.m. (local time) on January 1, 2016. The 2015 commercial catch limit is 82,900 pounds gutted weight. Reports indicate that landings are approaching the 2015 catch limit for the commercial sector.

The operator of a vessel with a federal commercial permit for snapper-grouper that is landing snowy grouper for sale must have landed and bartered, traded, or sold such snowy grouper prior to 12:01 a.m. (local time), June 30, 2015. The prohibition on sale does not apply to sale or purchase of snowy grouper that were harvested, landed ashore, and sold prior to 12:01 a.m. (local time), June 30, 2015, and held in cold storage by a dealer or processor.

During the closure:

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

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

The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council has developed a fishery management plan amendment that would increase the ACL from 82,900 pounds whole weight to 115,451 pounds whole weight. If landings are below the ACL, the commercial sector could be reopened later this year.

FB15-044

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