Commercial Closure for Yellowtail Snapper in South Atlantic Federal Waters on June 7, 2019

May 31, 2019

FB19-030: South Atlantic Fishery Bulletin; For more information, contact: Mary Vara, mary.vara@noaa.gov, (727) 824-5305

WHAT/WHEN:

  • The commercial harvest of yellowtail snapper in federal waters of the South Atlantic will close at 12:01 a.m., local time, June 7, 2019During the commercial closure, all sale or purchase of yellowtail snapper is prohibited, and harvest or possession of yellowtail snapper in or from federal waters is limited to the recreational bag and possession limits while the recreational sector is open. 

 

WHY THIS CLOSURE IS HAPPENING:

  • The August 2018 through July 2019 commercial catch limit is 1,596,510 pounds whole weight.  Commercial landings are projected to reach the commercial catch limit and harvest should close to prevent the catch limit from being exceeded. 

 

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 August 2019 through July 2020 yellowtail snapper season in the South Atlantic will open on August 1, 2019, with a 1,596,510 pounds whole weight catch limit.

 

This bulletin provides only a summary of the existing regulations.  Full 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#se50.12.622_1193.


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Last updated by Southeast Regional Office on September 27, 2019