Contact: South Atlantic Fishery Management Council
September 26, 2012
NOAA Fisheries Announces New Regulations for Wreckfish Regulations effective October 26, 2012
in the South Atlantic Region
On September 26, 2012 NOAA Fisheries published the final rule on Amendment 20A under the Snapper Grouper Fishery Management Plan for the South Atlantic region concerning new regulations for wreckfish. Amendment 20A affects the commercial sector of the wreckfish fishery which has been managed under an Individual Transferable Quota (ITQ) system since 1992. Actions in the amendment intend to maximize harvest potential for active commercial wreckfish shareholders to:
- Define and revoke inactive wreckfish shares.
- Redistribute revoked shares to active shareholders.
- Establish an appeals process for determinations of share status and redistribution.
- Define a cap on the number of shares one entity may own.
- For additional information about Amendment 20A, refer to the Frequently Asked Questions information on the NOAA Fisheries website.
To view the complete list of Fishery Bulletins, visit the NOAA Fisheries' Southeast Regional Office website at http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov. Relevant copies are also posted on the Council's website at www.safmc.net.
Commercial Vermilion Snapper Closes September 28, 2012
The commercial harvest of vermilion snapper in federal waters of the South Atlantic from North Carolina to Key West, Florida, will be closed, effective 12:01 a.m. (local time), September 28, 2012, through 12:01 a.m. January 1, 2013. NOAA Fisheries has determined the July - December 2012 commercial annual catch limit of 302,523 pounds will be reached by that date.
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