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Marine Fisheries - FB16-057 Trip Limit

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Release: Immediate
Contact: NOAA Fisheries
Date: Aug. 23, 2016
Phone: 727-824-5305

Trip Limit Decreased to 500 Pounds per Trip for Commercial Harvest of
Vermilion Snapper in Federal Waters of the South Atlantic

The daily trip limit for the commercial harvest of vermilion snapper in federal waters of the South Atlantic is reduced from 1,000 pounds gutted weight to 500 pounds gutted weight, effective 12:01 a.m. (local time) Aug. 28, 2016. NOAA Fisheries has determined 75 percent of the July-Dec. quota of 431,460 pounds whole weight will be landed by Aug. 28, 2016.

Reduction of the commercial vermilion snapper trip limit when 75 percent of the July-Dec. quota is reached in federal waters of the South Atlantic complies with regulations implemented under the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region. The 500-pound gutted weight trip limit applies to vessels with a South Atlantic Unlimited Snapper-Grouper Permit fishing for vermilion snapper in or from the federal waters in the South Atlantic region. The 500-pound gutted weight trip limit will remain in effect until the end of the current July - Dec. 2016 fishing season or until the quota is reached and vermilion snapper closes, whichever occurs first.

FB16-057

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