12/8/18 – NOAA Fisheries – FB-085: Recreational Closure for Red Grouper in South Atlantic Federal Waters on December 12, 2018

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FB18-085
FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: December 7, 2018

CONTACT: Sustainable Fisheries, 727-824-5305

Recreational Closure for Red Grouper in South Atlantic Federal Waters on December 12, 2018

WHAT/WHEN:
  • The recreational harvest of red grouper in South Atlantic federal waters will close at 12:01 a.m., local time, December 12, 2018.
  • Recreational harvest will open at 12:01 a.m. (local time) on May 1, 2019.
WHY THIS CLOSURE IS HAPPENING:
  • The 2018 recreational catch limit is 77,840 pounds whole weight.
  • Recreational landings have exceeded the recreational catch limit; therefore, recreational harvest must close.
DURING THE CLOSURE:
  • During the recreational closure, the bag and possession limits of red grouper in or from federal waters are zero.
  • The prohibition on harvest or possession of red grouper applies in both state and federal waters for vessels that have a federal charter vessel/headboat permit for South Atlantic snapper-grouper.

 

This bulletin provides only a summary of the existing regulations.  Full regulations can be found in the Federal Register or at https://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=383bc195ccbeab4fd6bec1c24905df34&node=sp50.12.622.i&rgn=div6.
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