Permit Harvest to Open in South Florida Special Zone

Permit will open for recreational harvest Aug. 1 in the Special Permit Zone, an area south of Cape Florida on the west coast and south of Cape Sable on the east coast that includes state and federal waters.

The season closes annually on May 1. Outside of the Special Permit Zone, the recreational harvest of permit is open year-round. Commercial harvest of permit is not allowed inside the Special Permit Zone. 


Amendment 12 Golden Tilefish

NMFS publishes this proposed rule to implement a regulatory amendment (Regulatory Amendment 12) to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region (FMP), as prepared by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council). If implemented, this rule would modify the golden tilefish annual catch limit (ACL), which would be equal to the optimum yield (OY), as well as revise the recreational accountability measures (AMs) for golden tilefish in the South Atlantic exclusive economic zone (EEZ). The intent of this rule is to modify management measures for golden tilefish in the commercial and recreational sectors in the South Atlantic based on new stock assessment analyses.

Written comments on this proposed rule must be received on or before August 20, 2012.

Snapper Grouper Annual Catch Limit Amendment

NMFS issues this final rule to supplement the regulations implementing the Comprehensive Annual Catch Limit Amendment Comprehensive ACL Amendment for the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region (Snapper-Grouper FMP), as prepared and submitted by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council).

Federal Fishery Managers Seek Public Input During Series of Meetings Scheduled for August

Fishermen, seafood dealers, federal commercial and for-hire (charter and headboat operators) and all interested persons are invited to attend a series of meetings conducted by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council from August 6-16, 2012.  Public hearings, workshops and informal input sessions will be held as part of the meeting series. Issues to be discussed include:

Federal Fishery Advisory Panel Seats Open to Applicants

The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council is soliciting applications for seats currently available on its advisory panels. Working at the grass roots level, advisory panel members provide information and guidance in the development and implementation of federal fishery management plans. The Council has 11 separate advisory panels composed of individuals who are engaged in the harvest of managed species, or are knowledgeable and interested in the conservation and management of the fishery or managed species. Members include recreational and commercial fishermen, seafood dealers and processors,non- organizations (NGOs), scientists, and concerned citizens.

Stock Assessments of Gray Triggerfish and Blueline Tilefish

Fishermen Needed for Upcoming 2013 Stock Assessments of Gray Triggerfish and Blueline Tilefish for South Atlantic

If you are an avid fisherman with experience in fishing for gray triggerfish or blueline tilefish, you may be eligible to participate in the upcoming 2013 stock assessment for these species. The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council is soliciting volunteers to participate in stock assessments for the two species scheduled to begin in early 2013. The benchmark assessments will be conducted through the Southeast Data, Assessment, and Review (SEDAR) stock assessment program.

Three New Inshore Fishing Reefs/Oyster Sanctuary Sites

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries will hold public meetings in July to receive comments on locations for three new inshore fishing reefs/oyster sanctuary sites.

The division’s Oyster Sanctuary Program has received a Coastal Recreational Fishing License grant to construct three inshore fishing reefs/oyster sanctuaries in the Cedar Island, Cape Fear River and Manteo areas. The goal is to increase angling opportunities in North Carolina by creating and protecting sub-tidal oyster reefs with easy access for the recreational angler.

Amendment 24 Snapper-Grouper

NMFS issues this final rule to implement Amendment 24 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region (FMP), as prepared by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council). This final rule establishes red grouper commercial and recreational sector annual catch limits (ACLs); establishes red grouper sector accountability measures (AMs); and removes the combined gag, black grouper, and red grouper commercial quota, and commercial and recreational sector ACLs and AMs. The intent of this final rule is to specify ACLs and AMs for red grouper while maintaining catch levels consistent with achieving optimum yield (OY) for the red grouper esource. Additionally, Amendment 24 implements a rebuilding plan for red grouper in the South Atlantic.

This rule is effective July 11, 2012.

NOAA Fisheries Service Has Implemented a Rebuilding Plan for Red Grouper in the South Atlantic

Regulations effective July 11, 2012

NOAA Fisheries Service has implemented a rebuilding plan for red grouper.  A 2010 assessment by the Southeast Data, Assessment and Review (SEDAR) process determined red grouper to be overfished (population too low) and undergoing overfishing (rate of removal too high).  Amendment 24 (red grouper) will implement a plan that has an 81% probability of rebuilding the stock in 10 years.

Actions in Amendment 24 include, among others:

Council Requests Emergency Rule to Allow Red Snapper Harvest This Year

Limited harvest proposed through recreational three-day weekends and commercial mini-season