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Release: Immediate
Date: Oct. 29, 2012

NOAA Fisheries Seeks Public Comment on Amendment 18B for the Snapper Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic

Comment Period Ends December 26, 2012


Amendment 18B to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic region pertains to management measures for the commercial longline sector of the golden tilefish fishery. The amendment proposes:  

  • An endorsement program for the commercial longline sector of the golden tilefish component of the snapper-grouper fishery. (Certain qualifying criteria will apply.)
  • Establishment of longline landings criteria to determine who will receive endorsements.
  • An appeals process for the endorsement program.
  • Establishment of a procedure to allow transferability of endorsements.
  • To allocate the commercial Annual Catch Limit (ACL) to 75% to the longline sector and 24% to the hook and line sector.
  • Changes the trip limit to remove the 300 pound gutted weight trip limit when 75% of the ACL is caught.
  • Establishment of 500 pound gutted weight trip limit for those who do not qualify for an endorsement.

Request for Comments
Written comments must be received no later than December 26, 2012 to be considered by NOAA Fisheries. Electronic copies of the proposed rule or the regulatory amendment may be obtained from the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov, and the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council's Web site at www.safmc.net.

How to Submit Comments
Comments will be accepted via electronic submission or mail.
Electronic Submissions: Visit http://www.regulations.gov and search for the docket number, NOAA-NMFS-2012-0177. Follow the instructions on the screen.
Mail: Karla Gore, NOAA Fisheries, Southeast Regional Office, Sustainable Fisheries Division, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701-5505.

More Information
For more information on Amendment 18B please visit the Southeast Regional Office Web page at http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/index.html, or view the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council's Web page at: www.safmc.net.

To view the complete information from this Fishery Bulletin and for a list of previous 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 . Pardon cross-postings.

This announcement is forwarded as a courtesy of the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council.

102912 SFB


Contact: Susan Gerhart
Phone: 727-824-5305
Release: Immediate
Date: Oct. 26, 2012

Reminder of Boundary Shifts and Commercial Quotas
and Trip Limits for King Mackerel

King mackerel is divided into two migratory groups: Gulf and Atlantic. The groups are divided into zones and subzones, and each group, zone, and subzone may have a separate quota and trip limit. The boundary between the Gulf and Atlantic groups shifts north on November 1 and south on April 1 of each year. In addition, new quotas are effective for the 2012/2013 fishing season.

Gulf Group King Mackerel Zones and Subzones

Western Zone
The Western zone includes waters off Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama and remains the same area year-round. This zone has a trip limit of 3,000 pounds per day. This zone closed August 22, 2012, and will reopen July 1, 2013.

Florida East Coast (Mixing Zone)
On the east coast of Florida, from November 1 through March 31, fish harvested south of the Flagler/Volusia County line to the Miami-Dade/Monroe County line are considered to be Gulf group king mackerel. The trip limit for this Florida East Coast subzone during this time period is 50 fish per day, until February 1, when the trip limit may increase to 75 fish per day, if 75 percent of the quota has not been reached.

Florida West Coast
The west coast is divided into Northern and Southern subzones.

The Northern subzone extends north and west from the Lee/Collier County line to the Florida/Alabama state line and remains the same area year-round. This subzone closed October 5, 2012, and will reopen July 1, 2013.

From November 1 to March 31, the Southern subzone extends south and east from the Lee/Collier County line to the Miami-Dade/Monroe County line. With the April boundary shift between the Gulf and Atlantic groups to the Monroe/Collier County line, the Southern subzone for the Gulf group king mackerel is reduced to the area off Collier County, and Monroe County becomes part of the Atlantic group. The quota for Gulf group king mackerel in the Southern subzone is divided equally between the hook-and-line and gillnets sectors. The hook-and-line sector remains open at this time. The gillnet sector will open January 22, 2013.

Both the Northern and Southern subzones have a hook-and-line trip limit of 1,250 pounds per day until 75 percent of the quota is reached. After that, the trip limit is 500 pounds per day until the end of the fishing season or the quota is met. The gillnet sector in the Southern subzone has at trip limit of 25,000 pounds per day.

Atlantic Group King Mackerel Zones

Northern Zone
The Northern zone is the area from the Flagler/Volusia County line on Florida's east coast north to the intersection point of New York, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. This zone has the same area year-round and a 3,500-pound per day trip limit.

Southern Zone
From November through March, the Atlantic group Southern zone does not exist because this area becomes part of the Gulf group when the boundary between Gulf and Atlantic groups shifts east and north to the Flagler/Volusia County line on November 1 (see above). The new fishing year for Atlantic group king mackerel begins March 1, but the east coast of Florida remains part of the Gulf group until April 1, when the boundary shifts back to the Monroe/Collier County line.

From April through October, the Southern zone for Atlantic group king mackerel is from the Flagler/Volusia County line on Florida's east coast to the Monroe/Collier County line on Florida's west coast, which is the boundary between the Gulf and Atlantic groups during that period.

During April through October, the trip limit for waters off Volusia County is 3,500 pounds per day - the same as the trip limit for the Northern zone. The trip limit for the area south of the Volusia/Brevard County line to the Miami-Dade/Monroe County line is 75 fish per day. The trip limit off Monroe County is 1,250 pounds per day.

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This bulletin is only a summary of the regulations. The Federal Register contains the official regulations. 

Boundaries Coordinates  
Intersection point of New York, Connecticut, and Rhode Island
 
4°18'16.249"N lat. / 71°54'28.477" W long.  
Flagler/Volusia County line 29°25' N lat. Winter Council boundary
Volusia/Brevard County line 28°47.8' N. lat.  
Miami-Dade/Monroe County line 25°20.4' N. lat.  
Monroe/Collier County line 2°48' N lat. Summer Council boundary
Lee/Collier County line 26°19.8' N. lat.  
Florida/Alabama state line 87°31.1' W. long.  
2012/2013 Commercial Quotas for King Mackerel (pounds whole weight)
Gulf Group  
Western Zone 1,180,480
Eastern Zone  
Florida West Coast Subzone Northern
197,064
Florida West Coast Subzone Southern (hook-and-line)
607,614
Florida West Coast Subzone Southern (gillnet)
607,614
Florida East Coast Subzone
1,215,228
   
Atlantic Group (includes gillnets north of Cape Lookout, N.C.) 3,880,000

FB12-080


Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021
Release: Immediate
Date: Oct. 26, 2012

Marine Fisheries Commission Meeting Set for Morehead City

MOREHEAD CITY — The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission will meet Nov. 7-9 at the Crystal Coast Civic Center, 3505 Arendell St., Morehead City.

The meeting is open to the public.

The commission is scheduled to review advisory committee recommendations, public comment and the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ position on draft changes to two state fishery management plans.

The commission will be asked to either approve a draft revision of the state’s Shrimp Fishery Management Plan, which does not recommend management changes, or initiate the process for a fishery management plan amendment.

The amendment process is a more lengthy course of action used when it is determined that changes in rules or management strategies may be needed. Through this process, division staff and an advisory committee develop positions on specific issues to bring back to the commission.

Also, the commission will be asked to select preferred management options for the commercial flounder fishery and vote to send a draft amendment to the Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan for Department of Environment and Natural Resources and legislative review.

Since 2010, commercial southern flounder management has revolved around reducing sea turtle interactions with fishing gear. Protected species management measures have changed many times in the last two years, making it difficult for scientists to assess the impact of harvest restrictions on southern flounder stocks and for commercial fishermen to plan for upcoming fishing seasons. While protected species management measures may vary in the future, the draft amendment to the Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan provides options for sustainable commercial southern flounder harvest that are not tied to protected species management measures.

Online copies of the draft shrimp revision and draft southern flounder amendment and an accompanying issue paper can be found at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/fmps-under-development.

Also scheduled for this meeting is discussion on a draft American Shad Sustainable Fishery Plan. The commission will be asked to review public input and approve the draft plan.

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is requiring all states to adopt an American Shad Sustainable Fishery Plan in order to continue this fishery. North Carolina’s draft plan includes fisheries for the Albemarle/Roanoke, Tar/Pamlico, Neuse and Cape Fear river systems and outlines sustainability triggers for each system. The plan also contains management recommendations for the 2013 fishing season.

An online copy of the draft American shad plan can be found at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/fmp-atlantic-states-marine-fisheries-commission-proposals.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. Nov. 7, 9 a.m. Nov. 8 and 8:30 a.m. Nov. 9.

The commission will take public comments on any fisheries issue at 6 p.m. Nov. 7 and 9 a.m. Nov. 8. The chairman will allow each speaker to talk for five minutes during the Nov. 7 session and three minutes during the Nov. 8 session. Due to time constraints, those making comments will be asked to speak only once, either at the Nov. 7 or Nov. 8 sessions. Individuals will not be allowed to speak during both public comment periods.

A meeting agenda is attached. A full briefing book can be found on the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries website at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/mfc-agendas-briefingbooks-presentations.

For more information, contact Marine Fisheries Commission Liaison Nancy Fish at 252-808-8021 or Nancy.Fish@ncdenr.gov.

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