SOUTHEAST FISHERY BULLETIN
November 13, 2014
Commercial Harvest of Gag in South Atlantic Waters Will Close on November 21, 2014
Commercial harvest of gag in South Atlantic waters will close at 12:01 a.m. (local time) November 21, 2014. The 2014 commercial catch limit is 326,722 pounds gutted weight. Reports indicate the catch limit will be met by November 21, 2014. A seasonal closure is in place for commercial and recreational sectors for gag during January - April; therefore, commercial harvest will reopen at 12:01 a.m. (local time) on May 1, 2015.
The operator of a vessel that has been issued a federal commercial permit for snapper-grouper and that is landing gag for sale must have landed and bartered, traded, or sold such gag prior to 12:01 a.m., local time, November 21, 2014. The prohibition on sale does not apply to sale or purchase of gag that were harvested, landed ashore, and sold prior to 12:01 a.m. (local time) November 21, 2014, and held in cold storage by a dealer or processor.
During the closure:
- Harvest or possession of gag in or from federal waters is limited to the recreational bag and possession limits.
- Sale and purchase of gag 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.
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FB14-082: Commercial Harvest of Gag in South Atlantic Waters Will Close on November 21, 2014