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NOAA Fisheries Seeks Comments on an Application for an Exempted Fishing Permit to Collect Snapper-Grouper, Corals, and Dolphin Fish in South Atlantic Federal Waters off North Carolina

May 24, 2019

FB19-029: South Atlantic Fishery Bulletin; For more information, contact: Frank Helies, 727-824-5305, frank.helies@noaa.gov

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NOAA Fisheries is accepting comments on an application for an exempted fishing permit (EFP) from the North Carolina Aquarium.  The objective of this project is to incorporate North Carolina native species, including snapper-grouper, corals, and dolphin fish, into the educational exhibits at four aquariums located on Roanoke Island, Pine Knoll Shores, Fort Fisher, and Jeanette’s Pier, North Carolina.    



  • Sampling would occur year-round along the North Carolina coast from latitude 3310’ N. up to 3630’ N, from three miles out to 100 fathoms depth offshore.
  • SCUBA, hook-and-line gear, and limited pot/trap gear would be used.
  • Collection with black sea bass pots and minnow traps would only occur from May through October.

NOAA Fisheries finds this application warrants further consideration and is seeking public comment on the application.  A final decision on issuance of the EFP will depend on NOAA Fisheries' review of public comments received, the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s recommendations, consultations with the affected states and the U.S. Coast Guard, as well as a determination that it is consistent with all applicable laws.


The comment period is open now through June 24, 2019.  You may submit comments by electronic submission or by postal mail.  Comments sent by any other method (such as e-mail), to any other address or individual, or received after the end of the comment period, may not be considered by NOAA Fisheries.

Application information:  https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/southeast/north-carolina-aquarium-exempted-fishing-permit-application.

Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic public comments via the e-Rulemaking portal. 

1. Go to https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=NOAA-NMFS-2019-0051.   

2. Click the "Comment Now!" icon, complete the required fields.

3. Enter or attach your comments.

Mail:  Submit written comments to Frank Helies, NOAA Fisheries, Southeast Regional Office, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.


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Last updated by Southeast Regional Office on May 24, 2019