SOUTHEAST FISHERY BULLETIN
June 2, 2015
NOAA Fisheries Announces Changes for Snapper-Grouper Species and Gray Triggerfish Management Measures
The final rule for Amendment 29 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region published on June 1, 2015 (80 FR 30947). Regulations will be effective on July 1, 2015.
The final rule for Amendment 29 will:
Commercial Annual Catch Limit for Gray Triggerfish
Commercial harvest for gray triggerfish will open on July 1, 2015, and will close when the new quota is projected to be met.
Commercial harvest of gray triggerfish was closed on May 8, 2015, because it was determined that the previous annual catch limit of 272,880 pounds whole weight would be met by that date. Because this final rule is being implemented halfway through the 2015 fishing year and commercial landings of gray triggerfish have accumulated, the quota for the July 1 through December 31, 2015, fishing season will be the difference between the new total commercial annual catch limit of 312,324 pounds whole weight and the amount of commercial landings that have occurred by July 1, 2015.
For more information on Amendment 29, please click on this link to the Frequently Asked Questions found at: http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/sustainable_fisheries/s_atl/sg/2014/am29/index.html
This bulletin serves as a Small Entity Compliance Guide, complying with section 212 of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996.
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FB15-036: NOAA Fisheries Announces Changes for Snapper-Grouper Species and Gray Triggerfish Management Measures