Amendment 49: Modify Sea Turtle Release Gear and the Reef Fish Framework Procedure

Overview

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Loggerhead turtle (Caretta carreta) escaping a net equipped with a turtle excluder device.

Action Status
Final Rule
Effective
06/17/2019
Point of Contact
Kelli O'Donnell, 727-824-5305, Kelli.ODonnell@noaa.gov

Summary

The final rule for Amendment 49 adds three newly approved sea turtle release devices and updates the regulations to simplify and clarify the specifications for other release gear requirements.  The new devices and updates provide more options to fulfill the requirements for sea turtle release gear on board vessels with commercial and charter/for-hire reef fish permits in the Gulf of Mexico.  The final rule for Amendment 49 also streamlines the procedure to implement newly approved devices and handling procedures in the future.


Amendment

Amendment 49: Modifications to the Sea Turtle Release Gear and Framework Procedure for the Reef Fish Fishery

Bulletins

NOAA Fisheries Announces New Modifications to Sea Turtle Release Gear for the Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Fishery

FB19-027 Gulf of Mexico Fishery Bulletin; For more information, Contact: Kelli O'Donnell, 727-824-5305, Kelli.Odonnell@noaa.gov
May 17, 2019 -

Request for Comments: Proposed Modifications to Sea Turtle Release Gear for the Reef Fish Fishery

FB18-065 Gulf of Mexico Fishery Bulletin; For More Information, Contact: Susan Gerhart, 727-524-5305, Susan.Gerhart@noaa.gov
October 04, 2018 -

Last updated by Southeast Regional Office on 07/31/2019

Bycatch Sea Turtle Bycatch