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Exempted Fishing Permit: Quantification of Bycatch Composition and Survival in the Commercial Menhaden Purse Seine Fishery

Gulf of Mexico Exempted Fishing Permit. For more information, contact: Joy Merino; (727) 824-5305, Joy.Merino@noaa.gov or Jennifer Lee at Jennifer.Lee@noaa.gov

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