3/22/16 – NOAA Fisheries – FB16-021: Commercial Harvest of Vermilion Snapper in South Atlantic Waters Will Close on March 29, 2016

SOUTHEAST FISHERY BULLETIN  

(South Atlantic) 

 

FB16-021

Sustainable Fisheries Division 

727-824-5305      

 

March 22, 2016     

 

Commercial Harvest of Vermilion Snapper in South Atlantic Waters Will Close on March 29, 2016

Commercial harvest of vermilion snapper in South Atlantic waters will close at 12:01 a.m. (local time) March 29, 2016. The 2016 January-June commercial catch limit is 431,460 pounds whole weight. Reports indicate the catch limit will be met by March 29, 2016. Commercial harvest will reopen at 12:01 a.m. (local time) on July 1, 2016.

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, March 29, 2016. 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) March 29, 2016, 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.


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Summary:

. Reports indicate the catch limit will be met by March 29, 2016. Commercial harvest will reopen at 12:01 a.m. (local time) on July 1, 2016.