Seasonal Closure of Mutton Snapper Spawning Area off St. Croix Begins March 1

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries reminds fishermen and the public of the upcoming seasonal closure on fishing for any species of the mutton snapper that is found in federal waters’ spawning aggregation area off St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.
• This closure begins at 12:01 a.m., local time, on March 1, 2019, and extends through 11:59 p.m., local time, June 30, 2019.

Year-Round Fishing Prohibitions
Fishing with pots, traps, bottom longlines, gillnets or trammel nets is prohibited within federal waters of the mutton snapper spawning aggregation area year-round.

This seasonal area closure protects mutton snapper when they are spawning (reproducing) and more vulnerable to fishing pressure. The closure also protects the habitat that supports those aggregations.

The Mutton Snapper Spawning Aggregation Area is located off southwest St. Croix and is bounded by lines connecting the following coordinates:
A 17°37.8′ N 64°53.0′ W
B 17°39.0′ N 64°53.0′ W
C 17°39.0′ N 64°50.5′ W
D 17°38.1′ N 64°50.5′ W
E 17°37.8′ N 64°52.5′ W
A 17°37.8′ N 64°53.0′ W

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For information, contact Sarah Stephenson at 727-824-5305 or [email protected]

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