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Federal Waters Off South Carolina Closed to All Fishing for Brown, Pink, and White Shrimp

January 17, 2018

FB18-002 South Atlantic Fishery Bulletin; For More Information, Contact: Sustainable Fisheries (727) 824-5305


  • No person may trawl for brown, pink, or white shrimp in federal waters off South Carolina.
  • The closure is effective 4:15 p.m., local time, January 17, 2018.
  • NOAA Fisheries will issue a new Fishery Bulletin announcing the re-opening to shrimp harvest in federal waters off South Carolina.

Why This Closure is Happening:

  • The purpose of the closure is to protect the white shrimp spawning population.
  • South Carolina closed its state waters to all shrimping on January 10, 2018, due to a prolonged period of water temperatures at or below 9°C in the region.
  • South Carolina requested NOAA Fisheries to close federal waters off South Carolina.

During the Closure:

  • Possession of brown, pink, or white shrimp is prohibited on board a vessel in federal waters off South Carolina unless the vessel is in transit through the area and all nets with a mesh size of less than four inches, as measured between the centers of opposite knots when pulled taut, are stowed below deck.
  • Any vessel trawling within 25 nautical miles seaward from the South Carolina shoreline must use trawl nets with a minimum mesh size of four inches or greater.

This bulletin provides only a summary of the existing regulations.  Full regulations can be found in the Federal Register.


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  • Immediate fishery openings and closures
  • Any significant changes to fishing regulations that happen quickly

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  • Gulf of Mexico Recreational Fisheries Related Alerts
    • Text GULFRECFISH to 888777
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    • Text SATLRECFISH to 888777
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    • Text CARIBFISH to 888777

Other contacts:
Media: Kim Amendola, 727-551-5707
           Allison Garrett, 727-551-5750 


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Last updated by Southeast Regional Office on March 12, 2019