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Release: Immediate
Date: June 16, 2014
Contact: Susan Gerhart
Phone: 727-824-5305

NOAA Announces New Regulations for King and Spanish Mackerel in the
Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Region

Small Entity Compliance Guide
 

A new rule, effective July 16, 2014, will change the coastal migratory pelagics permit requirements and restrictions, including modification of the sales provisions and income requirements.

For the Gulf of Mexico, the rule prohibits the sale of king and Spanish mackerel caught under the bag limit unless those fish are either caught on a for-hire trip and the vessel has both a for-hire and commercial vessel permit, or the fish are caught as part of a state-permitted tournament and the proceeds from the sale are donated to charity.

For the Atlantic region, the rule prohibits the sale of king and Spanish mackerel caught under the bag limit unless the fish are caught as part of a state-permitted tournament and the proceeds from the sale are donated to charity.

In addition, the rule removes the income qualification requirement for king and Spanish mackerel commercial vessel permits.

NOAA Fisheries with the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils developed an amendment to the management plan for coastal migratory pelagics containing these management measures. The final rule implementing the regulations published in the Federal Register on June 16, 2014.

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

Electronic copies of the amendment, final rule, supporting materials, and frequently asked questions may be obtained from the NOAA Fisheries website http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/sustainable_fisheries/gulf_sa/cmp/2014/am20a/index.html.

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.

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.

FB14-042


Release: Immediate
Date: June 4, 2014
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021

Marine Fisheries Artificial Reef Program to
Hold Public Meeting on Ocracoke Reef

MOREHEAD CITY — The Artificial Reef Program for the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries will hold a public meeting at 5:30 p.m. June 17 at the Ocracoke Foundation, 278 Irvin Garrish Highway, Ocracoke.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss expansion and enhancement plans for Artificial Reef-298, Ocracoke Reef.

The Artificial Reef Program plans expand the permitted reef site to correct long-time discrepancies between the permitted area and the existing reef site. The program also plans to deploy new concrete materials on the site.

Written comments on the reef plans will be accepted until July 3 and may be sent to Gregg Bodnar, N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, N.C., or to Gregg.Bodnar@ncdenr.gov.

For more information, contact Gregg Bodnar by email or at 252-808-8053.

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Release: Immediate
Date: June 2, 2014
Contact: Sustainable Fisheries
Phone: 727-824-5305

NOAA Fisheries Announces the Opening of the 2014
Commercial and Recreational Red Snapper Fishing Seasons
in the South Atlantic Federal Waters

NOAA Fisheries announces the opening of the 2014 commercial and recreational red snapper fishing seasons in South Atlantic federal waters. NOAA Fisheries may change the commercial and recreational season dates if tropical storm or hurricane conditions exist, or are projected to exist, in the South Atlantic. If severe weather conditions exist, NOAA Fisheries will announce via NOAA Weather Radio and a Fishery Bulletin any change in the red snapper fishing seasons.

Commercial
The commercial 2014 catch limit is set at 50,994 pounds gutted weight. The commercial red snapper season opens at 12:01 a.m., local time, on July 14, 2014. During the open commercial season, the daily trip limit is 75 pounds gutted weight and there is no minimum size limit for red snapper. The commercial season will end when the annual catch limit is projected to be met. Commercial landings are updated on the Southeast Regional Office Web site. Another Federal Register notice and Fishery Bulletin will be published if and when the commercial annual catch limit for red snapper is projected to be met.

Recreational
The recreational 2014 catch limit is set at 22,576 fish. The recreational fishing season will open for two weekends made up of Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and one weekend of Friday and Saturday. The dates and times that the recreational red snapper season will be open are listed in the table below. During the open recreational season, the bag limit is one fish per person per day and there is no minimum size limit for red snapper. 

  Recreational Opening Date/Time Recreational Closure Date/Time
Weekend 1  Friday, July 11
(at 12:01 a.m.)
 Monday, July 14
(at 12:01 a.m.)
Weekend 2  Friday, July 18
(at 12:01 a.m.)
 Monday, July 21
(at 12:01 a.m.)
Weekend 3  Friday, July 25
(at 12:01 a.m.)
 Sunday, July 27
(at 12:01 a.m.)

For additional information regarding the South Atlantic red snapper annual catch limits and recreational season length projection report, please visit: http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/sustainable_fisheries/s_atl/sg/documents/pdfs/sa_rs_acl_season_projections.pdf. For more information, refer to the Frequently Asked Questions.

This bulletin provides only a summary of the existing regulations. Full regulations can be found in the Federal Register.

FB14-038


Release: Immediate
Date: June 2, 2014
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021

State Seeks Applicants for Saltwater Fishing License Projects

MOREHEAD CITY — The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries is accepting applications for proposals for the 2014-2015 funding cycle from the N.C. Marine Resources Fund.

The fund, which receives proceeds from the sale of Coastal Recreational Fishing Licenses, provides grants for projects that help manage, protect, restore, develop, cultivate and enhance the state’s marine resources.

Only universities and local and state governmental entities in North Carolina are eligible to apply. Others may partner with one of these eligible entities.

Proposals will be evaluated based on the Coastal Recreational Fishing License Strategic Plan for the Conservation and Improvement of North Carolina’s Marine Resources. The plan considers priority research needs identified in fishery management plans approved by the Marine Fisheries Commission, issues identified in the Coastal Habitat Protection Plan and research needs identified cooperatively with other agencies. The strategic plan can be found on the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ website at http://tinyurl.com/NC-CRFL-Strategic-Plan.

Projects submitted for this funding cycle should fall under one of three programmatic areas:

Fish — Projects that estimate recreational fishing effort, harvest and mortality of important coastal recreational fish species, the socio-economic attributes of coastal recreational fisheries or the characterization of catch and release mortality;

Habitat — Projects that improve the effectiveness of existing environmental programs or that identify, designate or protect coastal recreational fish habitat;

People — Projects that provide increased access to recreational fisheries resources and enhancement structures or provide better public education and enrichment products.

All proposals must be submitted to the director of the Division of Marine Fisheries by 5 p.m. July 31. Directions for submitting a proposal and an application form can be downloaded from the Division of Marine Fisheries’ website at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/crfl-grants-projects-applications-procedures. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

For more information, contact CRFL Project Coordinator Beth Govoni at 252-808-8004 or 800-682-2632 or Beth.Govoni@ncdenr.gov

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