7/16/14 – NOAA Fisheries – FB14-051: NOAA Fisheries Announces Sea Turtle Release Gear Workshops for Snapper-Grouper and Reef Fish Permitted Vessels in the South Atlantic

SOUTHEAST FISHERY BULLETIN  

(South Atlantic) 

FB14-051              

727-824-5305  

July 16, 2014     

NOAA Fisheries Announces Sea Turtle Release Gear Workshops for Snapper-Grouper and Reef Fish Permitted Vessels in the South Atlantic

NOAA Fisheries will conduct outreach workshops to review required sea turtle release gear for federal commercial and for-hire permit holders for Snapper-Grouper, Reef Fish, and Highly Migratory Species (HMS).

The workshops will cover gear requirements, where to purchase or how to make gear, how to use the gear, and possible fines associated with not having the required equipment on board the vessel. The workshops will be held during August in Florida where there are permit holders for all three fisheries.

These workshops do not fulfill requirements under HMS regulations for Protected Species Safe Handling, Release, and Identification workshops for longline and gillnet fisheries with shark or swordfish directed or incidental limited access permits as described at http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/compliance/workshops/protected_species_workshop/index.html.

Workshop dates and locations:

Saturday, August 16

6:30-8:00 pm

U.S. Coast Guard Station

1800 Overseas Highway

Marathon, Florida


Sunday, August 17

6:30-8:00 pm

Garrison Bight Marina

Palm Avenue and Eisenhower Drive

Key West, Florida


Monday August 18

6:30-8:00 pm

Postcard Inn

84001 Overseas Highway

Islamorada, Florida


Tuesday, August 19

6:30-8:00 pm

Port Salerno Commercial Dock

4643 Southeast Park Drive

Stuart, Florida


Wednesday, August 20

6:30-8:00 pm

River Walk Center - Sunrise Room

600 North Indian River Drive

Fort Pierce, Florida


Thursday, August 21

6:30-8:00 pm

Port Canaveral Administration Building

455 Challenger Road

Port Canaveral, Florida


Friday, August 22

6:30-8:00 pm

Galimor Center

399 Riberia Street

St. Augustine, Florida


Saturday, August 23

5:30-7:00 pm

Safe Harbor Seafood

4378 Ocean Drive

Mayport, Florida

For information about the workshops, contact Charlie Bergmann (Charles.Bergmann@noaa.gov) at 228-238-4109.


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FB14-051: NOAA Fisheries Announces Sea Turtle Release Gear Workshops for Snapper-Grouper and Reef Fish Permitted Vessels in the South Atlantic