SOUTHEAST FISHERY BULLETIN
Sustainable Fisheries Division
June 19, 2015
Commercial Harvest of Atlantic Dolphin Will Close on June 24, 2015
The commercial harvest of Atlantic dolphin from Maine through the east coast of Florida will be closed, effective 12:01 a.m. (local time), June 24, 2015. Commercial harvest will reopen at 12:01 a.m. (local time) on January 1, 2016. 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 dolphin-wahoo that is landing dolphin for sale must have landed and bartered, traded, or sold such dolphin prior to 12:01 a.m. (local time), June 24, 2015. The prohibition on sale does not apply to sale or purchase of dolphin that were harvested, landed ashore, and sold prior to 12:01 a.m. (local time), June 24, 2015, and held in cold storage by a dealer or processor.
During the closure:
Harvest or possession of dolphin is limited to the recreational bag and possession limits.
Sale and purchase of dolphin is prohibited.
The closure applies in both state and federal waters.
This closure is necessary to protect the dolphin-wahoo fishery.
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FB15-042: Commercial Harvest of Atlantic Dolphin Will Close on June 24, 2015