12/30/13 – NOAA FB13-108 and FB13-109: Final Rule for Snapper Grouper Amendment 27 & For-Hire Reporting Amendment

Below are two Southeast Fishery Bulletins recently distributed from NOAA Fisheries Service that may be of interest. To see the complete list of Fishery Bulletins visit the NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office at: http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/fishery_bulletins/index.html

SOUTHEAST FISHERY BULLETIN  

(South Atlantic) 

FB13-108    

Kate Michie

727-824-5305

December 26, 2013     

 NOAA Fisheries Issues a Final Rule for Actions Impacting Snapper-Grouper Management

Small Entity Compliance Guide

(Rule becomes effective January 27, 2014)

NOAA Fisheries is publishing a final rule to implement Amendment 27 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region on December 27, 2013.

The Final Rule for Amendment 27 will:

  • Extend the South Atlantic Council's management responsibility for Nassau grouper to include the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Increase the number of allowable crew members from three to four on dual-permitted vessels (vessels that have both a federal South Atlantic Charter/Headboat Permit for Snapper-Grouper and a South Atlantic Unlimited or 225-Pound Snapper-Grouper Permit).
  • Allow captains and crew of for-hire vessels with federal South Atlantic Charter/Headboat Snapper-Grouper Permits to retain bag limit quantities of all snapper-grouper species.
  • Remove blue runner from the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region.

This bulletin serves as a Small Entity Compliance Guide, complying with section 212 of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996.

This bulletin provides only a summary of the information regarding the existing regulations. Any discrepancies between this bulletin and the regulations as published in the Federal Register will be resolved in favor of the Federal Register.

Addresses

Amendment 27 and the final rule may be obtained from: The NOAA Fisheries Web site:
http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/sustainable_fisheries/s_atl/sg/2013/am27/index.html.

More Information

For more information on Amendment 27, please click on this link to the Amendment 27 Frequently Asked Questions found at: http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/sustainable_fisheries/s_atl/sg/2013/am27/index.html.

Read the Fishery Bulletin at: http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/fishery_bulletins/documents/pdfs/2013/fb13-108_sa_sg_am27_fr.pdf 

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SOUTHEAST FISHERY BULLETIN  

(South Atlantic) 

FB13-209    

727-824-5305

Kate Michie

727-824-5305

December 26, 2013       

NOAA Fisheries Announces New Regulations - Modifications to South Atlantic Headboat Reporting Requirements

NOAA Fisheries is publishing a final rule for the For-Hire Reporting Amendment to modify headboat reporting requirements on December 27, 2013. The notable changes include when and how to report. The For-Hire Reporting Amendment includes: 

  • Amendment 31 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region.
  • Amendment 6 for the Dolphin and Wahoo Fishery of the Atlantic.
  • Amendment 22 for the Coastal Migratory Pelagic Resources in the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico.

The regulations in the final rule are effective on January 27, 2014.

Purpose of the Rule

The rule modifies the data reporting requirements for federally permitted headboats in the South Atlantic to ensure effort, landings, and discard information of federally managed fish are recorded accurately and in a timely manner. The intent of the rule is to better ensure annual catch limits are not exceeded.

What are the reporting requirement changes?

1)The rule requires headboat vessels to submit fishing records to the Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC) on a weekly basis, or at intervals shorter than a week if notified by the SEFSC Research Director. The current requirement is to submit fishing records on a monthly basis.

2)The rule changes the current method of submitting by paper and mail to submitting them electronically (i.e., internet).

3)Headboat owners and operators who are delinquent in submitting reports would not be allowed to fish until all required reports have been submitted. This requirement should help to improve compliance with data reporting within the recreational sector.

This bulletin serves as a Small Entity Compliance Guide, complying with section 212 of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996.

This bulletin provides only a summary of the information regarding the existing regulations. Any discrepancies between this bulletin and the regulations as published in the Federal Register will be resolved in favor of the Federal Register.

More Information

For more information on the For-Hire Amendment please click on this link to the For-Hire Amendment Frequently Asked Questions found at:

http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/sustainable_fisheries/s_atl/2013/for_hire_reporting/index.html or view the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council's Web page at: safmc.net/cms.

Read the Fishery Bulletin at: http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/fishery_bulletins/documents/pdfs/2013/fb13-109_sa_for-hire_fr.pdf

Summary:

Final Rules Published for Two Amendments affecting the Snapper Grouper Fishery and For-Hire Reporting