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Seasonal Prohibition on Fishing for or Possession of Mutton and Lane Snapper in U.S. Caribbean Federal Waters

March 21, 2017

FB17-018 Caribbean Fishery Bulletin; For More Information, Contact: Sarah Stephenson, 727-824-5305, Sarah.Stephenson@noaa.gov

What is Happening and When:

NOAA Fisheries reminds fishermen and the public of the upcoming seasonal closure on fishing for, or possession of, mutton and lane snappers in U.S. Caribbean federal waters.

  • This closure begins at 12:01 a.m., local time, on April 1, 2017, and extends through June 30, 2017
  • The prohibition on possession does not apply to mutton and lane snapper harvested and landed ashore prior to the closure.

The U.S. Caribbean exclusive economic zone consists of those waters extending from the three-nautical mile seaward boundary of the Territory of the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the nine-nautical mile seaward boundary of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, out to 200 nautical miles offshore.

Why This Closure is Happening:

This seasonal closure protects mutton and lane snapper when they are spawning (reproducing) and therefore more vulnerable to fishing pressure.


Temporada de veda para la pesca y posesión de la sama y el arrayao en aguas federales del Caribe Estadounidense


Boletín Pesquerías del Sudeste

FB17-018 SP

FECHA BOLETÍN DE PESCA: 21 de marzo de 2017    

Contacto: Sarah Stephenson, 727-824-5305, sarah.stephenson@noaa.gov  


El Servicio Nacional de Pesquerías Marinas (NOAA Fisheries) le recuerda a los pescadores y al público sobre el comienzo de la temporada de veda para la pesca y posesión de la sama y el arrayao en las aguas federales del Caribe Estadounidense. 

  • La veda comienza a las 12:01 a.m., hora local, del 1ro de abril de 2017, y se extiende hasta el 30 de junio de 2017.
  • La prohibición de posesión no aplica a las samas y arrayaos capturados y desembarcados antes del tiempo de veda.

 Las aguas federales en el Caribe Estadounidense cubren desde las tres millas náuticas mar afuera de la costa de las Islas Vírgenes Estadounidenses, y desde las nueve millas náuticas de la costa del Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico, extendiéndose hasta las 200 millas náuticas mar afuera.


Esta veda protege a la sama y al arrayao durante su desove (reproducción), cuando son más vulnerables a la presión pesquera.




NOAA Fisheries Southeast is pleased to announce the introduction of our Text Message Alert Program.  The program will allow you to sign up to receive important fishery related alerts via text message. Text alerts you may receive include immediate fishery openings and closures, and any significant changes to fishing regulations that happen quickly.

How to opt-in:

Sign up for related alerts for one or more of the following groups. Standard message & data rates may apply. You may opt-out at any time.

  • Gulf of Mexico Recreational Fisheries: Text GULFRECFISH to 888777
  • Gulf of Mexico Commercial Fisheries: Text GULFCOMMFISH to 888777
  • South Atlantic Recreational Fisheries: Text SATLRECFISH to 888777
  • South Atlantic Commercial Fisheries: Text SATLCOMMFISH to 888777
  • Caribbean Fisheries: Text CARIBFISH to 888777

Last updated by Southeast Regional Office on March 18, 2019