01/18/18 – NOAA Fisheries – FB18-002: Federal Waters off South Carolina Closed to All Fishing for Brown, Pink, and White Shrimp

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FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: January 17, 2018

CONTACT: Sustainable Fisheries (727) 824-5305

 

Federal Waters Off South Carolina Closed to All Fishing for Brown, Pink, and White Shrimp

WHAT/WHEN:

  • No person may trawl for brown, pink, or white shrimp in federal waters off South
  • The closure is effective 4:15 p.m., local time, January 17, 2018.
  • NOAA Fisheries will issue a new Fishery Bulletin announcing the re-opening to shrimp harvest in federal waters off South Carolina.

 

WHY THIS CLOSURE IS HAPPENING:

  • The purpose of the closure is to protect the white shrimp spawning population.
  • South Carolina closed its state waters to all shrimping on January 10, 2018, due to a prolonged period of water temperatures at or below 9°C in the region.
  • South Carolina requested NOAA Fisheries to close federal waters off South Carolina.

 

DURING THE CLOSURE:

  • Possession of brown, pink, or white shrimp is prohibited on board a vessel in federal waters off South Carolina unless the vessel is in transit through the area and all nets with a mesh size of less than four inches, as measured between the centers of opposite knots when pulled taut, are stowed below deck.
  • Any vessel trawling within 25 nautical miles seaward from the South Carolina shoreline must use trawl nets with a minimum mesh size of four inches or greater.

This bulletin provides only a summary of the existing regulations. Full regulations can be found in the Federal Register or https://www.ecfr.gov/cgi- bin/retrieveECFR?gp=&SID=b3dd0d18a5c16eeaf2c4011483d11b2d&mc=true&n=pt50.12.622 &r=PART&ty=HTML#se50.12.622_1206

 

 

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