Tuesday, June 22, 2010

South Atlantic Red Snapper Fishery Remains Closed

The red snapper fishery remains closed to both commercial and recreational fishermen throughout federal waters (3 to 200 miles offshore) in the South Atlantic region.  Measures taken by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council during its recent meeting in Orlando, Florida may determine how long the closure stays in place as well as other regulations impacting fishermen who target the 73 species that make up the snapper grouper management complex.  Additional regulations could be implemented by December of this year.

Members of the Council, in a 9-4 vote, approved Amendment 17A to the Snapper Grouper Fishery Management Plan to end overfishing of red snapper and rebuild the South Atlantic stock during its meeting in Orlando.  The amendment is designed to meet the Congressional mandates of the reauthorized Magnuson-Stevens Act and must be approved by the Secretary of Commerce before regulations become effective.

source: SAFMC

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