NOAA Fisheries Publishes a Final Rule for South Atlantic Snapper-Grouper Amendme

 

NOAA Fisheries Publishes a Final Rule for South Atlantic Snapper-Grouper Amendment 15B
    NOAA Fisheries Service published the final rule for Amendment 15B to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic region on November 16, 2009.
This final rule will:
  • Prohibit the sale of snapper-grouper harvested under the bag limits unless the vessel owner has been issued a Federal Commercial Snapper-Grouper Permit.
  • Allocate 95% of the total allowable catch of snowy grouper to the commercial sector and 5% to the recreational sector.
  • Allocate 50% of the total allowable catch of red porgy to the commercial sector and 50% to the recreational sector.
  • Decrease the snowy grouper quota from 84,000 pounds whole weight to 82,900 pounds whole weight, and increase the red porgy quota from 127,000 pounds whole weight to 190,050 pounds
    whole weight.
  • Revise the stock status determination criteria for golden tilefish.
  • Expand the allowable transfer of a commercial vessel permit under the limited access program and extend the allowable period for renewal of such a permit to one year.
  • Require an owner and operator of a vessel for which a commercial or charter vessel/headboat permit has been issued and that has on board any hook-and-line gear to comply with sea turtle and
    smalltooth sawfish release protocols and possess on board specific gear to ensure proper release of such species that are incidentally caught.
  • Implement a bycatch monitoring program, which requires any vessel (commercial or recreational) that fishes for snapper-grouper in the exclusive  economic zone, if selected by NOAA Fisheries
    Service, to carry an observer and install an electronic logbook and/or video monitoring system.
Implementation Dates
    The extension of the snapper-grouper permit renewal period is effective immediately in order to prevent the unintentional loss of snapper-grouper permits during the 30-day wait period. The effective date for the requirement for federally-permitted snapper-grouper vessels to carry sea turtle dehooking tools and protected species handling and release guidelines/protocols will be February 15, 2010.
The provisions expanding the allowable transfer of a commercial vessel permit under the limited access program and implementing a bycatch monitoring program will be effective at a future date to be announced by NOAA Fisheries Service in a separate Federal Register notice. All other actions in the amendment will become effective on December 16, 2009.

    This bulletin serves as a Small Entity Compliance Guide, complying with section 212 of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996.

Addresses
    Electronic copies of the final rule or the amendment may be obtained from the e-Rulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov, the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s Web site at
http://www.safmc.net, or:

        NOAA Fisheries Service
        Southeast Regional Office
        Sustainable Fisheries Division
        263 13th Avenue South
        St. Petersburg, Florida 33701

     Frequently Asked Questions for Snapper Grouper Amendment 15B can be found on line at: http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov.

 

NOAA Fisheries Publishes a Final Rule for South Atlantic Snapper-Grouper Amendment 15B

    NOAA Fisheries Service published the final rule for Amendment 15B to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic region on November 16, 2009.

This final rule will:

  • Prohibit the sale of snapper-grouper harvested under the bag limits unless the vessel owner has been issued a Federal Commercial Snapper-Grouper Permit.
  • Allocate 95% of the total allowable catch of snowy grouper to the commercial sector and 5% to the recreational sector.
  • Allocate 50% of the total allowable catch of red porgy to the commercial sector and 50% to the recreational sector.
  • Decrease the snowy grouper quota from 84,000 pounds whole weight to 82,900 pounds whole weight, and increase the red porgy quota from 127,000 pounds whole weight to 190,050 pounds

    whole weight.

  • Revise the stock status determination criteria for golden tilefish.
  • Expand the allowable transfer of a commercial vessel permit under the limited access program and extend the allowable period for renewal of such a permit to one year.
  • Require an owner and operator of a vessel for which a commercial or charter vessel/headboat permit has been issued and that has on board any hook-and-line gear to comply with sea turtle and

    smalltooth sawfish release protocols and possess on board specific gear to ensure proper release of such species that are incidentally caught.

  • Implement a bycatch monitoring program, which requires any vessel (commercial or recreational) that fishes for snapper-grouper in the exclusive  economic zone, if selected by NOAA Fisheries

    Service, to carry an observer and install an electronic logbook and/or video monitoring system.

Implementation Dates

    The extension of the snapper-grouper permit renewal period is effective immediately in order to prevent the unintentional loss of snapper-grouper permits during the 30-day wait period. The effective date for the requirement for federally-permitted snapper-grouper vessels to carry sea turtle dehooking tools and protected species handling and release guidelines/protocols will be February 15, 2010.

The provisions expanding the allowable transfer of a commercial vessel permit under the limited access program and implementing a bycatch monitoring program will be effective at a future date to be announced by NOAA Fisheries Service in a separate Federal Register notice. All other actions in the amendment will become effective on December 16, 2009.

    This bulletin serves as a Small Entity Compliance Guide, complying with section 212 of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996.

Addresses

    Electronic copies of the final rule or the amendment may be obtained from the e-Rulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov, the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s Web site at

http://www.safmc.net, or:

        NOAA Fisheries Service

        Southeast Regional Office

        Sustainable Fisheries Division

        263 13th Avenue South

        St. Petersburg, Florida 33701

     Frequently Asked Questions for Snapper Grouper Amendment 15B can be found on line at: http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov.

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B. GUNEX AREA W-138L
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30-45N/79-38W
30-34N/79-41W
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26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
29-20N/79-50W
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30-04N/80-20W
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1. The following areas will contain US Navy exercises hazardous to surface vessels in the areas below during subject week (all times are in local unless specified):
A. GUNEX AREA W-137L
26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
30-45N/80-56W
30-45N/80-30W
30-34N/80-30W
30-34N/80-57W
30-36N/80-57W
B. GUNEX AREA W-138L
26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
30-45N/80-30W
30-45N/79-38W
30-34N/79-41W
30-34N/80-30W
C. GUNEX AREA 31J
26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
29-20N/79-50W
29-20N/79-40W
29-10N/79-40W
29-10N/79-50W
D. GUNEX AREA 27C
26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
30-00N/81-00W
30-00N/80-50W
29-50N/80-50W
29-50N/81-00W
E. JSWTR (underwater shallow water training range with hydrophones)
26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
30-28N/80-22W
30-28N/80-00W
30-03N/80-06W
30-03N/80-29W
F. DIPPING AREA 26G
26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
30-00N/80-10W
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30-00N/80-06W
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1. The following areas will contain US Navy exercises hazardous to surface vessels in the areas below during subject week (all times are in local unless specified):
A. GUNEX AREA W-137L
26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
30-45N/80-56W
30-45N/80-30W
30-34N/80-30W
30-34N/80-57W
30-36N/80-57W
B. GUNEX AREA W-138L
26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
30-45N/80-30W
30-45N/79-38W
30-34N/79-41W
30-34N/80-30W
C. GUNEX AREA 31J
26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
29-20N/79-50W
29-20N/79-40W
29-10N/79-40W
29-10N/79-50W
D. GUNEX AREA 27C
26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
30-00N/81-00W
30-00N/80-50W
29-50N/80-50W
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26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
30-28N/80-22W
30-28N/80-00W
30-03N/80-06W
30-03N/80-29W
F. DIPPING AREA 26G
26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
30-00N/80-10W
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30-10N/80-20W
30-00N/80-06W
30-04N/80-20W
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1. The following areas will contain US Navy exercises hazardous to surface vessels in the areas below during subject week (all times are in local unless specified):
A. GUNEX AREA W-137L
26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
30-45N/80-56W
30-45N/80-30W
30-34N/80-30W
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30-36N/80-57W
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30-45N/80-30W
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30-34N/79-41W
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26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
29-20N/79-50W
29-20N/79-40W
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26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
30-28N/80-22W
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30-00N/80-10W
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1. The following areas will contain US Navy exercises hazardous to surface vessels in the areas below during subject week (all times are in local unless specified):
A. GUNEX AREA W-137L
26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
30-45N/80-56W
30-45N/80-30W
30-34N/80-30W
30-34N/80-57W
30-36N/80-57W
B. GUNEX AREA W-138L
26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
30-45N/80-30W
30-45N/79-38W
30-34N/79-41W
30-34N/80-30W
C. GUNEX AREA 31J
26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
29-20N/79-50W
29-20N/79-40W
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29-10N/79-50W
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26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
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30-28N/80-22W
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30-03N/80-06W
30-03N/80-29W
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26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
30-00N/80-10W
30-10N/80-10W
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