SOUTHEAST FISHERY BULLETIN
Sustainable Fisheries Division
June 25, 2015
Commercial Harvest of Snowy Grouper in South Atlantic Waters Will Close on June 30, 2015
Commercial harvest of snowy grouper in South Atlantic waters will close, at 12:01 a.m. (local time) on June 30, 2015. Commercial harvest will reopen at 12:01 a.m. (local time) on January 1, 2016. The 2015 commercial catch limit is 82,900 pounds gutted weight. Reports indicate that landings are approaching the 2015 catch limit for the commercial sector.
The operator of a vessel with a federal commercial permit for snapper-grouper that is landing snowy grouper for sale must have landed and bartered, traded, or sold such snowy grouper prior to 12:01 a.m. (local time), June 30, 2015. The prohibition on sale does not apply to sale or purchase of snowy grouper that were harvested, landed ashore, and sold prior to 12:01 a.m. (local time), June 30, 2015, and held in cold storage by a dealer or processor.
During the closure:
This closure is necessary to protect the snapper-grouper fishery.
The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council has developed a fishery management plan amendment that would increase the ACL from 82,900 pounds whole weight to 115,451pounds whole weight. If landings are below the ACL, the commercial sector could be reopened later this year.
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FB15-044: Commercial Harvest of Snowy Grouper in South Atlantic Waters Will Close on June 30, 2015