Commercial Harvest of Greater Amberjack in Federal Waters Will Close on June 20, 2017

FB17-033 FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: June 14, 2017CONTACT: Kelli O’Donnell, 727-824-5305,Kelli.Odonnell@noaa.gov   WHAT/WHEN: Commercial harvest of greater amberjack in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico will close at 12:01 on June 20, 2017. Commercial harvest will reopen at 12:01 a.m. (local time on January 1, 2018. WHY THIS CLOSURE IS HAPPENING: The latest report…

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Department of Commerce Announces Private Recreational Red Snapper Season Extension

This announcement from the Department of Commerce is provided as a courtesy to our stakeholders. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, June 14, 2017 News Media Contact: Office of Public Affairs, 202-482-4883 WASHINGTON –For the first time in a decade, Federal authorities and the five Gulf States have agreed to align Federal and State private angler red…

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NOAA Fisheries Announces Final Rule to Adjust Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper Sector Annual Catch Limits, Annual Catch Targets, and Quotas

FB17-032 FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: June 6, 2017 CONTACT: Kelli O’Donnell, 727-824-5305, Kelli.ODonnell@noaa.gov KEY MESSAGE: Amendment 28 to the reef fish fishery management plan shifted 2.5 percent of the red snapper quota allocation from the commercial sector to the recreational sector. A court order vacated the amendment and requires NOAA Fisheries to reinstate the sector…

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Commercial Harvest of King Mackerel in the Western Zone will Close May 21, 2017

FB17-029 FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: May 17, 2017 CONTACT:  Kelli O’Donnell, 727-824-5305, Kelli.ODonnell@NOAA.gov     Commercial Harvest of King Mackerel in Federal Waters of the Gulf of Mexico Western Zone Will Close May 21, 2017   WHAT/WHEN/WHERE: Commercial harvest of king mackerel in federal waters of the Western Zone will close at 12:01 pm (local…

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Gulf Council Hosts Webinar Public Hearings on Proposed Changes to Vermillion Snapper Management and Minimum Stock Size Threshold for Reef Fish Stocks

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will host public hearings via webinar to gather public comments on two issues. Reef Fish Amendment 44, which considers minimum stock size threshold for reef fish stocks; and Reef Fish Amendment 47, which considers modifying vermillion snapper annual catch limits and maximum sustainable yield proxies. Public hearings begin…

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NOAA Fisheries Announces the Federal Waters off Texas Close to Shrimping on May 15, 2017

FB17-026 FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: May 8, 2017 CONTACT: Susan Gerhart, 727-824-5305, Susan.Gerhart@noaa.gov Federal Waters off Texas Closed to Shrimping on May 15, 2017   KEY MESSAGE: NOAA Fisheries announces federal waters from 9 to 200 nautical miles off Texas will close to shrimp trawling at 30 minutes after official sunset, local time, on May…

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