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Marine Fisheries - FB13-007 Vermilion Snapper

Marine Fisheries

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Release: Immediate
Date: Feb. 7, 2013
Contact: Sustainable Fisheries
Phone: 727-824-5305

Commercial Harvest of Vermilion Snapper in South Atlantic Waters
Will Close on February 13, 2013

Commercial harvest of vermilion snapper in South Atlantic waters will close, at 12:01 a.m. (local time) February 13, 2013. Commercial harvest will reopen at 12:01 a.m. (local time) on July 1, 2013. The 2013 January - June commercial catch limit is 315,523 pounds gutted weight. Reports indicate the catch limit will be met by February 13, 2013.
 
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, February 13, 2013. 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) February 13, 2013, and held in cold storage by a dealer or processor.
 
During the closure:

  • Harvest or possession of vermilion snapper is limited to the recreational bag and possession limits.
  • Sale and purchase of vermilion snapper is prohibited.
  • The closure applies in both state and federal waters.
  • The bag limit is zero for captain and crew on charter vessels and headboats.

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

FB13-007 SOUTHEAST FISHERY BULLETIN (South Atlantic)

 

N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries • 3441 Arendell Street • Morehead City, NC 28557 • 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632

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