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Bulletin Number Date Title
FB16-057 August 23, 2016 Trip Limit Decreased to 500 pounds per Trip for Commercial Harvest of Vermilion Snapper in Federal Waters of the South Atlantic
FB16-056 August 23, 2016 Recreational Harvest of Golden Tilefish in Federal Waters of the South Atlantic Will Close on August 27, 2016
FB16-055 August 16, 2016 NOAA Seeks Comments on an Application for an Exempted Fishing Permit for a Study to Test Trap Designs for Capturing Lionfish
FB16-054 August 11, 2016 NOAA Fisheries Seeks Comments on Proposed Rule to Modify the Current Seasonal Prohibition on Fishing with Black Sea Bass Pots and Enhance Gear Marking - Comment Period Ends September 12, 2016
FB16-053 August 3, 2016 Commercial and Recreational Harvest of Almaco Jack, Banded Rudderfish, and Lesser Amberjack in Federal Waters of the South Atlantic Will Close on August 9, 2016
FB16-052 July 26, 2016 NOAA Fisheries Seeks Comments on Proposed Changes to Red Grouper Allowable Harvest in the Gulf of Mexico - Comment Period Ends August 25, 2016
FB16-051 July 22, 2016 NOAA Fisheries Announces the Extension of the Gulf of Mexico Commercial Shrimp Permit Moratorium  - Small Entity Compliance Guide
FB16-050 July 21, 2016 Gulf of Mexico Recreational Greater Amberjack Federal Fishing Season Will Remain Closed Through December 31, 2016
FB16-049 July 14, 2016 Gulf of Mexico Recreational Gray Triggerfish Federal Fishing Season Will Remain Closed Through December 31, 2016
FB16-048 July 12, 2016 NOAA Fisheries Announces New Regulations for Blueline Tilefish, Black Sea Bass, and Yellowtail Snapper in Federal Waters of the South Atlantic
FB16-047 July 11, 2016 Reminders Regarding the Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) Programs in the Gulf of Mexico
FB16-046 July 8, 2016 Shrimp Fishery to Re-Open off Texas on July 15, 2016
FB16-045 July 7, 2016 Commercial Harvest of Greater Amberjack Closing in Gulf of Mexico Federal Waters on July 17th
FB16-044 June 30, 2016 NOAA Fisheries Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Actions to Implement a Commercial Trip Limit for Dolphin in the Atlantic - Comment Period Ends August 1, 2016
FB16-043 June 29, 2016 NOAA Fisheries Lists Nassau Grouper as Threatened under the Endangered Species Act

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FB16-042 June 17, 2016 NOAA Fisheries Seeks Public Comment on a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Hogfish in Federal Waters of the South Atlantic Region - Comment Period Ends on August 1, 2016
FB16-041 June 16, 2016 Control Date for Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Headboats
FB16-040 June 8, 2016 NOAA Fisheries Extends the Private Angler’s Red Snapper Recreational Fishing Season for 2 days in the Gulf of Mexico
FB16-039 June 8, 2016 Commercial Harvest of Snowy Grouper in South Atlantic Federal Waters Will Close on June 14, 2016
FB16-038 June 2, 2016 Reduced Fishing Season Lengths for Several Species and Species Groups in Federal Waters around Puerto Rico for the 2016 Fishing Year
FB16-037 June 1, 2016 NOAA Fisheries Seeks Comments on Proposed Management Changes to Black Sea Bass, Blueline Tilefish, and Yellowtail Snapper in the South Atlantic - Comment Period Ends June 16, 2016
FB16-036 May 25, 2016 Commercial Harvest of Gray Triggerfish in South Atlantic Federal Waters will Reopen on June 13, 2016
FB16-035 May 25, 2016 Commercial Harvest of Blueline Tilefish in South Atlantic Federal Waters will Close on June 1, 201
FB16-034 May 23, 2016 NOAA Fisheries Announces New Regulations for Snapper-Grouper in the South Atlantic - Small Entity Compliance Guide
FB16-033 May 19, 2016 NOAA Fisheries Announces Red Snapper Will Remain Closed in South Atlantic Federal Waters in 2016
FB16-032 May 19, 2016 NOAA Fisheries Reminds Recreational Fisherman that the Gulf of Mexico Greater Amberjack and Gray Triggerfish Recreational Fishing Seasons will close on June 1, 2016
FB16-031 May 17, 2016 Seasonal Prohibition on Fishing for or Possession of Queen Conch in Federal Waters off St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, Begins on June 1, 2016, at 12:01 a.m. Local Time
FB16-030 May 16, 2016 NOAA Fisheries Announces New Regulations Revising Accountability Measure Language in the U.S. Caribbean Fishery Management Plans
FB16-029 May 5, 2016 Federal Waters off Texas Closed to Shrimping on May 15, 2016
FB16-028 April 27, 2016 NOAA Announces New Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper Annual Catch Limits, Annual Catch Targets, and the 2016 Red Snapper Recreational Seasons
FB16-027 April 25, 2016 NOAA Fisheries Announces Modifications to Gag and Black Grouper Recreational Management Measures in the Gulf of Mexico
FB16-026 April 14, 2016 NOAA Fisheries Seeks Public Comment on a Proposed Extension of the Gulf of Mexico Commercial Shrimp Permit Moratorium - Comment period ends June 6, 2016
FB16-025 March 29, 2016 NOAA Fisheries Announces the 2016-2017 Recreational Fishing Season for Black Sea Bass in the South Atlantic Region
FB16-024 March 24, 2016 Reminder of Boundary Shifts, Commercial Quotas, and Trip Limits for King Mackerel
FB16-023 March 24, 2016 Commercial Harvest of Gray Triggerfish in South Atlantic Waters Will Close on April 2, 2016
FB16-022 March 23, 2016 Closure of the Southern Florida West Coast Subzone to King Mackerel Hook-and-Line Fishing
FB16-021 March 22, 2016 Commercial Harvest of Vermilion Snapper in South Atlantic Waters Will Close on March 29, 2016
FB16-020 March 22, 2016 Seasonal Prohibition on Fishing for or Possession of Mutton and Lane Snapper in U.S. Caribbean Federal Waters Begins on April 1, 2016, at 12:01 a.m., Local Time

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FB16-019 March 11, 2016 NOAA Fisheries hosts public meetings in April to discuss potential skimmer trawl regulations in Southeast US
FB16-018 March 9, 2016 NOAA Fisheries Announces the Atlantic Migratory Group (Georgia to New York) Cobia Recreational Fishing Season will close on June 20, 2016
FB16-017 March 9, 2016 Commercial Harvest for the Longline Component of Golden Tilefish in South Atlantic Waters Will Close on March 15, 2016
FB16-016 March 8, 2016 Closure of the Southern Florida West Coast Subzone to King Mackerel Gillnet Fishing
FB16-015 March 4, 2016 NOAA Fisheries Seeks Public Comment on a Proposed Rule for Snapper-Grouper in the South Atlantic
FB16-014 March 3, 2016 NOAA Fisheries Seeks Comments on Proposed Changes to Gag and Black Grouper Recreational Management Measures in the Gulf of Mexico
FB16-013 March 01, 2016 King Mackerel Trip Limit Increases to 75 Fish per Day for Commercial Hook-And-Line Vessels Fishing in the Florida East Coast Subzone
FB16-012 March 01, 2016 NOAA Fisheries Seeks Comments on a Proposed Rule to Revise Accountability Measure Language in the U.S. Caribbean Fishery Management Plans - Comment Period Ends March 28, 2016

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FB16-011 February 25, 2016 Trip Limit Decreased to 500 Pounds per Trip for Commercial Harvest of Vermilion Snapper in the South Atlantic
FB16-010 February 23, 2016 Annual Mutton Snapper Spawning Aggregation Seasonal Area Closure in Federal Waters off St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands Begins on March 1, 2016, at 12:01 a.m., Local Time

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FB16-009 February 9, 2016 NOAA Fisheries Seeks Comments on a Proposal to Revise Accountability Measure Language in the U.S. Caribbean Fishery Management Plans - Comment Period Ends April 4, 2016

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FB16-008 February 5, 2016 Notice of Availability for Public Comments on Changes Proposed for Snapper-Grouper in the South Atlantic - Comment Period Ends April 5, 2016
FB16-007 February 4, 2016 Control Date for the Commercial Sector of the Dolphin and Wahoo Fishery of the Atlantic  - Comment Period Ends March 7, 2016
FB16-006 January 25, 2016 NOAA Fisheries Seeks Comments on a Proposed Rule to Reallocate Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper - Comment Period Ends March 10, 2016
FB16-005 January 22, 2016 NOAA Fisheries Announces New Regulations for Snapper-Grouper and Golden Crab in the South Atlantic, and Dolphin and Wahoo in the Atlantic Region - Small Entity Compliance Guide
FB16-004 January 21, 2016 NOAA Fisheries Reminder – Valid Federal Commercial Vessel Permit Required to Fish for or Possess Penaeid Shrimp in or from South Atlantic Federal Waters

FB16-003

January 20, 2016

Seasonal Prohibition on Fishing for and Possession of Red, Black, Tiger, Yellowfin, and Yellowedge Grouper in U.S. Caribbean Federal Waters and Seasonal Closure of Grammanik Bank off St. Thomas, U.S. Virgins

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FB16-002

January 15, 2016
Commercial Harvest for Greater Amberjack in South Atlantic Waters Will Close on January 21, 2016

FB16-001

January 13, 2016
NOAA Announces the Final Rule for the Aquaculture Plan for Federal Waters of the Gulf of Mexico