6/29/15 – NOAA Fisheries – FB15-045: Recreational Harvest of Snowy Grouper in South Atlantic Waters Will Close on July 6, 2015

SOUTHEAST FISHERY BULLETIN  

(South Atlantic) 

FB15-045 

Sustainable Fisheries Division

727-824-5305      

June 29, 2015     

Recreational Harvest of Snowy Grouper in South Atlantic Waters Will Close on July 6, 2015

Recreational harvest of snowy grouper in the South Atlantic will close at 12:01 a.m. (local time), July 6, 2015. Recreational harvest will reopen at 12:01 a.m. (local time) on January 1, 2016. The 2015 recreational annual catch limit is 523 fish. The 2015 fishing season must be shortened if the average 2012-2014 recreational landings exceed the annual catch limit. Reports indicate the average 2012-2014 landings exceeded the annual catch limit; therefore, the recreational harvest of snowy grouper will close July 6, 2015.

During the closure:

  • Recreational harvest or possession of snowy grouper is prohibited.
  • The closure applies in both state and federal waters for vessels with a valid charter/headboat permit for South Atlantic Snapper-Grouper.
  • Commercial harvest of snowy grouper for the 2015 fishing season closed on June 30, 2015; therefore, harvest or possession of snowy grouper in or from federal waters is closed.
  • Sale and purchase of snowy grouper in or from federal waters is prohibited.

This closure is necessary to protect the snapper-grouper resource.


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Summary:

FB15-045: Recreational Harvest of Snowy Grouper in South Atlantic Waters Will Close on July 6, 2015