Thursday, May 25, 2017 10:25 am Last modified: 9:57 am

Seasonal Prohibition on Fishing, Possession of Mutton, Lane Snapper to Start April 1

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries reminds fishermen and the public of the upcoming seasonal closure on fishing for or possession of mutton and lane snappers in U.S. Caribbean federal waters.

 This closure will begin at 12:01 a.m., local time, April 1, and extends through June 30. 

 The prohibition on possession does not apply to mutton and lane snapper harvested and landed ashore prior to the closure.

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The U.S. Caribbean exclusive economic zone consists of those waters extending from the three-nautical mile seaward boundary of the Territory of the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the nine-nautical mile seaward boundary of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, out to 200 nautical miles offshore.

This seasonal closure protects mutton and lane snapper when they are spawning (reproducing) and, therefore, are more vulnerable to fishing pressure.  

People are urged to sign up for test message alerts to find out about immediate openings and closures from NOAA’s Text Message Alert Program. Standard message and data rates may apply. An individual may opt-out at any time.

Text alerts you may receive include:

 Immediate fishery openings and closures

 Any significant changes to fishing regulations that happen quickly

 Sign up for one or more of the following groups:

 Gulf of Mexico Recreational Fisheries Related Alerts o Text GULFRECFISH to 888777

 Gulf of Mexico Commercial Fisheries Related Alerts o Text GULFCOMMFISH to 888777

 South Atlantic Recreational Fisheries Related Alerts o Text SATLRECFISH to 888777

 South Atlantic Commercial Fisheries Related Alerts o Text SATLCOMMFISH to 888777

 Caribbean Fisheries Related Alerts o Text CARIBFISH to 888777

Other contacts — Media: Kim Amendola, 727-551-5707; Allison Garrett, 727-551-5750. 

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