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Exempted Fishing Permit: Mote Marine Lab Red Grouper Full Retention Study

This study would assess the efficacy of an optimized retention management strategy in the eastern Gulf of Mexico commercial reef fish fishery with red grouper, Epinephelus morio, as the test species.

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