04/09/14 – NOAA Fishery Bulletin (FB14-025) – Commercial Harvest of Vermilion Snapper in South Atlantic Waters Will Close on April 19, 2014

SOUTHEAST FISHERY BULLETIN  

(South Atlantic) 

FB14-025     

727-824-5305  

April 9, 2014      

Commercial Harvest of Vermilion Snapper in South Atlantic Waters Will Close on April 19, 2014

Commercial harvest of vermilion snapper in South Atlantic waters will close at 12:01 a.m. (local time) April 19, 2014. The 2014 January-June commercial catch limit is 446,080 pounds whole weight. Reports indicate the catch limit will be met by April 19, 2014. Commercial harvest will reopen at 12:01 a.m. (local time) on July 1, 2014. 

The operator of a vessel that has been issued a federal commercial permit for snapper-grouper and that is landing vermilion snapper for sale must have landed and bartered, traded, or sold such vermilion snapper prior to 12:01 a.m., local time, April 19, 2014. The prohibition on sale does not apply to sale or purchase of vermilion snapper that were harvested, landed ashore, and sold prior to 12:01 a.m. (local time) April 19, 2014, and held in cold storage by a dealer or processor.

During the closure:

  • Harvest or possession of vermilion snapper in or from federal waters is limited to the recreational bag and possession limits.
  • Sale and purchase of vermilion snapper in or from federal waters is prohibited.
  • The closure applies in both state and federal waters for a person onboard a vessel with a federal snapper-grouper permit.

This closure is necessary to protect the snapper-grouper resource. 


Fishery Bulletin (FB14-025) 

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Summary:

Commercial Harvest of Vermilion Snapper in South Atlantic Waters Will Close on April 19, 2014