Recreational Closure for the Deepwater Complex in South Atlantic Federal Waters on December 11, 2019

December 06, 2019

FB19-077: South Atlantic Fishery Bulletin, For more information, contact: Sustainable Fisheries (727) 824-5305

WHAT/WHEN:

  • The recreational harvest of the snapper-grouper deep-water complex in South Atlantic federal waters will close at 12:01 a.m., local time, December 11, 2019.
  • The deep-water complex consists of yellowedge grouper, silk snapper, misty grouper, queen snapper, sand tilefish, and blackfin snapper.
  • Recreational harvest will open at 12:01 a.m., local time, on January 1, 2020.

 

WHY THIS CLOSURE IS HAPPENING:

  • The 2019 recreational catch limit is 38,628 pounds whole weight.
  • Recreational landings have exceeded the recreational catch limit; therefore, recreational harvest must close.

 

DURING THE CLOSURE:

  • During the recreational closure, the bag and possession limits of deep-water complex species in or from federal waters are zero.
  • The prohibition on harvest or possession of deep-water complex species applies in both state and federal waters for vessels that have a federal charter vessel/headboat permit for South Atlantic snapper-grouper.

 

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#_top.


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Last updated by Southeast Regional Office on December 06, 2019