NOAA Fisheries Service is Eliminating the 240-Foot (40-Fathom) Snapper Grouper Prohibition in the South Atlantic

Effective May 10, 2012

NOAA Fisheries Service is eliminating the 240-foot (40-fathom) snapper grouper prohibition in South Atlantic federal waters. The 240-foot prohibition, implemented on January 31, 2011, prohibited the possession of six deepwater snapper grouper species (snowy grouper, blueline tilefish, yellowedge grouper, misty grouper, queen snapper, and silk snapper).  

Note: Other regulations for these species remain in effect, e.g., the snowy grouper recreational bag limit remains at 1 per vessel/day.

To view a complete list of Fishery Bulletins, visit the NOAA Fisheries' Southeast Regional Office website at  

Relevant copies are also posted on the Council's website at