Commercial Closure for Red Snapper in South Atlantic Federal Waters on August 31, 2022

The commercial harvest of red snapper in federal waters of the South Atlantic will close at 12:01 a.m., local time, on August 31, 2022. During the commercial closure, all sale or purchase of red snapper is prohibited.·     All harvest or possession of red snapper in or from South Atlantic federal waters is now prohibited.

Commercial Reopening for Red Snapper in South Atlantic Federal Waters on November 2, 2021, for Four Days

The commercial harvest of red snapper in South Atlantic federal waters will reopen at 12:01 a.m., local time, on November 2, 2021, and close at 12:01 a.m., local time, on November 6, 2021. During the four-day reopening, the commercial trip limit for red snapper is 75 pounds gutted weight.

South Atlantic Fishery Management Council Approves Expansion of Shrimp Fishery Access Area Adjacent to Deepwater Coral

It has been seven years since expansion of the northern end of the Oculina Bank Habitat Area of Particular Concern (HAPC) was approved by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council. Designed to provide additional protection for the rare, slow growing, deepwater Oculina coral found off the central east coast of Florida, the expansion also included historic fishing grounds for the economically important rock shrimp fishery, shutting off access along the eastern boundary.

Climate Change Scenario Planning: Input Needed to Prepare for an Era of Uncertainty in Ocean Conditions and Fisheries

To begin preparing for this new era of uncertainty, management bodies along the entire Atlantic seaboard have teamed up to launch a project called East Coast Climate Change Scenario Planning. Scenario planning is a way of exploring how fishery management may need to evolve over the next few decades as climate change becomes a bigger issue. Here is the introductory brochure.

Federal Commercial Fishing Regulations are Now Available in the New Fish Rules Commercial App

Federal commercial fishing regulations in the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic are now available on the free Fish Rules Commercial mobile app.