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FB17-079
FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE D
ATE: December 21, 2017
CONTACT: Frank Helies, 727-824-5305, frank.helies@noaa.gov

 

NOAA Fisheries Announces New Management Measures in the Gulf of Mexico Shrimp Fishery

                                      

KEY MESSAGE:

A new rule for Amendment 17B to the Shrimp Fishery Management Plan establishes transit provisions for shrimp vessels without a federal permit, specifies a minimum threshold number of Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) shrimp moratorium permits, and identifies a review panel process when that threshold is close to being met.   

WHEN RULE WILL TAKE EFFECT:

WHAT THIS MEANS:

Note:   The rule does not actively reduce the number of moratorium permits in the fishery.       

FORMAL FEDERAL REGISTER NAME/NUMBER: 82 FR 60564, published December 21, 2017

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

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

Definitions:

Transit:  non-stop progression through the area.

Fishing gear appropriately stowed: trawl doors and nets must be out of the water and the bag straps must be removed from the net.

Moratorium:  period during which no new permits will be created.

Threshold:  level or value.

Aggregate:  all species combined for the fishery.

Maximum sustainable yield:  highest possible annual catch that can be sustained over time.

Optimum yield:  amount of harvest of a managed species that will provide the greatest overall benefit to the nation.

 

What transit provisions are addressed in the final rule?

What is the purpose of setting a minimum threshold number of moratorium permits for the Gulf shrimp fishery?

What will be the minimum threshold number of moratorium permits?

What will happen if / when the threshold is close to being met?

What is a reserve pool?

What are aggregate maximum sustainable yield and optimum yield?

Where can I find more information on Amendment 17B?

By Mail:

Frank Helies

NOAA Fisheries, Southeast Regional Office

Sustainable Fisheries Division

263 13th Avenue South

St. Petersburg, Florida 33701-5505

By FAX: (727) 824-5308

By Phone: (727) 824-5305





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