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FB18-006
FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE D
ATE: January 24, 2018
CONTACT: Sustainable Fisheries (727) 824-5305

Federal Waters Off Georgia Closed to All Fishing for Brown, Pink, and White Shrimp

WHAT/WHEN:

  • No person may trawl for brown, pink, or white shrimp in federal waters off Georgia.
  • The closure is effective January 24, 2018.
  • NOAA Fisheries will issue a new Fishery Bulletin announcing the re-opening to shrimp harvest in federal waters off Georgia.

 

WHY THIS CLOSURE IS HAPPENING:

  • The purpose of the closure is to protect the white shrimp spawning population.
  • Georgia closed its state waters to all shrimping on January 15, 2018, due to a prolonged period of water temperatures at or below 9°C in the region.
  • Georgia requested NOAA Fisheries to close federal waters off Georgia.

 

DURING THE CLOSURE:

  • Possession of brown, pink, or white shrimp is prohibited on board a vessel in federal waters off Georgia unless the vessel is in transit through the area and all nets with a mesh size of less than four inches, as measured between the centers of opposite knots when pulled taut, are stowed below deck.
  • Any vessel trawling within 25 nautical miles seaward from the Georgia shoreline must use trawl nets with a minimum mesh size of four inches or greater.

 

This bulletin provides only a summary of the existing regulations.  Full regulations can be found in the Federal Register.

 

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