Commercial Closure for Almaco Jack, Banded Rudderfish, and Lesser Amberjack in South Atlantic Federal Waters on July 16, 2019

July 08, 2019

FB19-035: South Atlantic Fishery Bulletin; For more information, contact: Mary Vara, 727-824-5305

WHAT/WHEN:

  • The commercial harvest of the Other Jacks Complex (almaco jack, banded rudderfish, and lesser amberjack) in Federal waters of the South Atlantic will close at 12:01 a.m., local time, on July 16, 2019During the commercial closure, all sale or purchase of species in this complex is prohibited, and harvest or possession of species in the Other Jacks Complex in or from federal waters is limited to the recreational bag and possession limits while recreational harvest for the Other Jacks Complex is open. 

 

WHY THIS CLOSURE IS HAPPENING:

  • The 2019 commercial catch limit is 189,422 pounds whole weight.  Commercial landings are projected to reach the commercial catch limit by July 16, 2019.  According to the accountability measure, harvest must close to prevent the catch limit from being exceeded.  This closure date will provide sufficient notice to fishermen to make preparations for the closure, while minimizing the chance that harvest will exceed the commercial catch limit.

 

AFTER THE CLOSURE:

  • The bag and possession limits apply in the South Atlantic on board a vessel for which a valid Federal commercial or charter vessel/headboat permit for South Atlantic snapper-grouper has been issued, without regard to where such species were harvested, i.e., in state or Federal waters.
  • The 2020 commercial fishing season for the Other Jacks Complex in the South Atlantic will open on January 1, 2020, with a commercial catch limit of 189,422 pounds whole weight.

 

This bulletin provides only a summary of the existing regulations.  The complete list of regulations can be found in the Federal Register or at https://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=383bc195ccbeab4fd6bec1c24905df34&node=sp50.12.622.i&rgn=div6.


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Last updated by Southeast Regional Office on September 27, 2019