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Commercial Harvest of Vermilion Snapper in South Atlantic Waters Will Close on F
Thursday, February 07, 2013 @ 18:55:54 EST
Commercial Harvest of Vermilion Snapper in South Atlantic Waters Will Close on February 13, 2013
Commercial harvest of vermilion snapper in South Atlantic waters will close, at 12:01 a.m. (local time) February 13, 2013. Commercial harvest will reopen at 12:01 a.m. (local time) on July 1, 2013. The 2013 January - June commercial catch limit is 315,523 pounds gutted weight. Reports indicate the catch limit will be met by February 13, 2013.
The operator of a vessel that has been issued a federal commercial permit for snapper-grouper and that is landing vermilion snapper for sale must have landed and bartered, traded, or sold such vermilion snapper prior to 12:01 a.m., local time, February 13, 2013. The prohibition on sale does not apply to sale or purchase of vermilion snapper that were harvested, landed ashore, and sold prior to 12:01 a.m. (local time) February 13, 2013, and held in cold storage by a dealer or processor.
During the closure:
Harvest or possession of vermilion snapper is limited to the recreational bag and possession limits.
Sale and purchase of vermilion snapper is prohibited.
The closure applies in both state and federal waters.
The bag limit is zero for captain and crew on charter vessels and headboats.
This closure is necessary to protect the snapper-grouper resource.
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