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Commercial Closure for Snowy Grouper in South Atlantic Federal Waters on June 4, 2024

May 30, 2024

FB24-036: South Atlantic Fishery Bulletin; For more information, contact: Sustainable Fisheries, sero.temporary.sfd@noaa.gov


The commercial harvest of snowy grouper in federal waters of the South Atlantic will close at 12:01 a.m., local time, on June 4, 2024.  During the commercial closure, all sale or purchase of snowy grouper is prohibited, and harvest or possession of snowy grouper in or from federal waters is limited to the recreational bag and possession limits while the recreational sector is open.  The commercial fishing season for snowy grouper in the South Atlantic will open again on July 1, 2024.


Why This Closure Is Happening:

  • There are two commercial fishing seasons for snowy grouper.  Each season is six months with its own catch limit.
  • The 2024 January through June commercial catch limit is 74,322 pounds gutted weight.  Commercial landings are projected to reach the January through June commercial catch limit on June 4, 2024.  According to the accountability measure, commercial harvest must close to prevent the catch limit from being exceeded. 
  • Any unused portion of the catch limit from the January through June season will be added to the catch limit for the July through December season, and the increased catch limit is used to project the closure for that season. 


After The Closure:

  • The closure applies in both state and federal waters for vessels that have a federal commercial permit for South Atlantic Snapper-Grouper.
  • The prohibition on sale or purchase during a closure for snowy grouper does not apply to fish that were harvested, landed ashore, and sold prior to 12:01 a.m., local time, on June 4, 2024, and were held in cold storage by a dealer or processor.
  • The 2024 July through December commercial fishing season for snowy grouper in the South Atlantic will open on July 1, 2024, with a catch limit of 31,852 pounds gutted weight.


This bulletin provides only a summary of the existing regulations. Full regulations can be found in the Code of Federal Regulations at 50 CFR part 622 or at https://www.ecfr.gov/current/title-50/chapter-VI/part-622/subpart-I/.


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NOAA's Text Message Alert Program allows you to receive important fishery-related alerts via text message (SMS).  Standard message & data rates may apply.  You may opt-out at any time.

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Quick Glance Contact List for the NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office

Permits Mailbox: The Permits Office in St. Petersburg, Florida, now has a Permits mailbox in the front lobby (263 13th Ave. South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701).  You can now drop off original permits for permit transfers.  Envelopes with information labels will be provided so that your documents can be attached to the correct application.  The mailbox will be checked daily.  For more information contact the Permits Office at 727-201-2354 or please e-mail sero.temporary.permits@noaa.gov

Media Contact: Allison Garrett, 727-551-5750 

Recreational Fishing Coordinator: Sean Meehan, 727-385-5202 

Last updated by Southeast Regional Office on May 30, 2024