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Marine Fisheries - FB13-108 Snapper-Grouper

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Release: Immediate
Date: Dec. 26, 2013
Contact: Kate Michie
Phone: 727-824-5305

NOAA Fisheries Issues a Final Rule for Actions Impacting
Snapper-Grouper Management

Small Entity Compliance Guide
(Rule becomes effective January 27, 2014)

NOAA Fisheries is publishing a final rule to implement Amendment 27 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region on December 27, 2013.
 
The Final Rule for Amendment 27 will:

  • Extend the South Atlantic Council's management responsibility for Nassau grouper to include the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Increase the number of allowable crew members from three to four on dual-permitted vessels (vessels that have both a federal South Atlantic Charter/Headboat Permit for Snapper-Grouper and a South Atlantic Unlimited or 225-Pound Snapper-Grouper Permit).
  • Allow captains and crew of for-hire vessels with federal South Atlantic Charter/Headboat Snapper-Grouper Permits to retain bag limit quantities of all snapper-grouper species.
  • Remove blue runner from the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region.

This bulletin serves as a Small Entity Compliance Guide, complying with section 212 of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996.

This bulletin provides only a summary of the information regarding the existing regulations. Any discrepancies between this bulletin and the regulations as published in the Federal Register will be resolved in favor of the Federal Register.

Addresses
Amendment 27 and the final rule may be obtained from: The NOAA Fisheries Web site:
http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/sustainable_fisheries/s_atl/sg/2013/am27/index.html

More Information
For more information on Amendment 27, please click on this link to the Amendment 27 Frequently Asked Questions found at: http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/sustainable_fisheries/s_atl/sg/2013/am27/index.html

FB13-108

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