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Black Sea Bass Pot Experimental Retrieval Project - Exempted Fishing Permit Application

The National Marine Fisheries Service received an application for an EFP: Expansion Project to Modernize Pot Fishing for the Southeast Commercial Black Sea Bass Pot Portion of the Snapper-Grouper Fishery Using Subsea Buoy Retrieval Systems

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An angler holds a fish, its mouth open and air bladder inflated from barotrauma. Barotrauma expands gasses in a fish causing the air bladder and other organs to expand as well, making it difficult for fish to swim after release. Credit: NOAA Fisheries, Florida SeaGrant
NOAA Ship Pisces on the water Homeported in Pascagoula, Mississippi, NOAA Ship Pisces is the third in a class of state-of-the-art, acoustically quiet fisheries survey vessels built for a wide range of living marine resource surveys and ecosystem research projects. The ship focuses primarily on U.S. waters from the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean, and South Atlantic to North Carolina. Credit: NOAA
The sun setting over the ocean. Sunset at a North Carolina beach. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Todd Kellison.