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Sea Turtle Safe Handling and Release Gear Workshops Being Held on the East Coast of Florida

May 02, 2018

FB18-028 South Atlantic Fishery Bulletin; For More Information, Contact: Charlie Bergmann (228) 238-4109


  • NOAA Fisheries requires sea turtle safe handling and release gear be onboard federally-permitted commercial and for-hire vessels in the South Atlantic snapper-grouper fishery to increase fisherman and sea turtle safety if incidentally captured; there are also sea turtle handling protocols that describe the proper techniques for removing fishing gear.
  • NOAA Fisheries will be holding workshops and dockside outreach in the locations listed below.
  • The listed workshops are voluntary and do not substitute for the Highly Migratory Species Protected Species Safe Handling, Release, and Identification workshops that are required for shark and swordfish limited access permit holders that fish with longline or gillnet gear.
  • During the outreach opportunities, NOAA Fisheries personnel will review the gear requirements and handling protocols.
  • For more information, contact Charlie Bergmann at (228) 238-4109 or charles.bergmann@noaa.gov.
  • Additional information on sea turtle safe handling and release gear and protocols.





Phone Number

May 7

2:00 - 5:00 pm

Pablo Creek Library

13295 Beach Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32246  

(904) 992-7101

May 8

5:00 - 8:00 pm

Southeast Library

6670 US 1 South St. Augustine, FL 32086

(904) 827-6900

May 9

5:00 - 6:45 pm

Port Orange Library

1005 City Center Cir.

Port Orange, FL 32129

(386) 322-5152

May 10

4:00 - 6:00 pm

Cocoa Beach Library

550 N. Brevard Ave.

Cocoa Beach, FL 32921

(321) 868-1104

May 11

2:30 - 4:30 pm

Lakewood Library

7605 Santa Barbara Dr.

Fort Pierce, FL 34951

(772) 462-6870

May 12

2:00 - 5:00 pm

Blake Library

2351 SE Monterey Rd. Stuart, FL 34996    

(772) 288-5702

May 13


Dockside – local marinas

Palm Beach County, FL   


May 14


Dockside – local marinas

Boynton Beach, FL  


May 15

1:00 - 3:00 pm

Floribbean Seafood

5151 NW 17th St.

Margate, FL 33063

(954) 968-409


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.

Text alerts you may receive include:

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

Sign up for one or more of the following groups:

  • Gulf of Mexico Recreational Fisheries Related Alerts
    • Text GULFRECFISH to 888777
  • Gulf of Mexico Commercial Fisheries Related Alerts
    • Text GULFCOMMFISH to 888777
  • South Atlantic Recreational Fisheries Related Alerts
    • Text SATLRECFISH to 888777
  • South Atlantic Commercial Fisheries Related Alerts
    • Text SATLCOMMFISH to 888777
  • Caribbean Fisheries Related Alerts
    • 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 13, 2019