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 2018 Southeast Regional Fishery Bulletins

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Bulletin Number Date Region Title

FB18-055

August 10, 2018

Gulf of Mexico

Recreational Harvest of Gray Triggerfish in Federal Waters of the Gulf of Mexico Will Close on August 17, 2018

FB18-054

August 10, 2018

Gulf of Mexico

Sea Turtle Safe Handling and Release Gear Outreach on the West Coast of Florida

FB18-053

August 9, 2018

South Atlantic

Commercial Closure of the Golden Tilefish Hook-and-Line Component in South Atlantic Federal Waters on August 14, 2018

FB18-052

July 26, 2018

Gulf of Mexico

Reminder: Gulf of Mexico Gray Triggerfish and Greater Amberjack Recreational Fishing Seasons, Re-Open on August 1, 2018

FB18-051

July 26, 2018

South Atlantic

Final Rule Revises Annual Catch Limits for South Atlantic Red Grouper

FB18-050

July 23, 2018

South Atlantic

NOAA Fisheries Announces Limited Opening of Recreational and Commercial Red Snapper Seasons in South Atlantic Federal Waters

FB18-049

July 19, 2018

South Atlantic

Commercial Closure for Snowy Grouper in South Atlantic Federal Waters on July 24, 2018

FB18-048

July 10, 2018

Gulf of Mexico

Gulf Shrimp Fishery to Re-Open Off Texas on July 15, 2018

FB18-047

July 2, 2018

South Atlantic

NOAA Fisheries Seeks Comments on an Application for an Exempted Fishing Permit to Test Traps Targeting Lionfish in South Atlantic Federal Waters

FB18-046

June 25,2018

Gulf of Mexico

Public Comment Period Extended for Draft Environmental Impact Statement to Establish Habitat Areas of Particular Concern in the Gulf of Mexico


Comment Period Ends July 20,2018

FB18-045

June 22, 2018

Gulf of Mexico, South Atlantic

Final Rule to Increase Spiny Lobster Catch levels in Federal Waters and Prohibit Recreational Harvest in the South Atlantic Using Traps

FB18-044

June 22, 2018

Gulf of Mexico

Final Rule to Modify Gulf of Mexico Mutton Snapper and Gag Management Measures

FB18-043 June 21, 2018

Gulf of Mexico

Request for Comments:  Proposed Modification to Gulf of Mexico Charter Vessel and Headboat Electronic Reporting Requirements

FB18-042 June 18, 2018

South Atlantic

Extension of an Interim Rule to Reduce Golden Tilefish Catch Limits in Federal Waters of the South Atlantic Region

FB18-041 June 13, 2018

South Atlantic

Fishing for White, Brown, and Pink Shrimp is Open Off South Carolina in Federal Waters - Effective June 13, 2018

FB18-040 June 12, 2018

Gulf of Mexico

NOAA Requests Submission of Landing Locations for All Commercially Permitted Reef Fish Vessels

FB18-039 June 12, 2018

Gulf of Mexico

Final Rule to Improve Commercial Reef Fish Landing Compliance and Provide Flexibility in the Gulf of Mexico Commercial Individual Fishing Quota Programs

FB18-038 June 8, 2018

South Atlantic

Commercial Closure for Gray Triggerfish in South Atlantic Federal Waters on June 13, 2018

FB18-037 June 1, 2018

Gulf of Mexico (IFQ)

Reminders Regarding the Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) Program in the Gulf of Mexico

FB18-036 May 30, 2018

South Atlantic

Commercial Closure for Yellowtail Snapper in South Atlantic Federal Waters on June 5, 2018

FB18-035 May 25, 2018

Caribbean

Seasonal Prohibition on Fishing for or Possession of Queen Conch in Federal Waters off St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

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FB18-034 May 21, 2018

Gulf of Mexico

NOAA Fisheries Seeks Public Comment on a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Establishing Habitat Areas of Particular Concern in the Gulf of Mexico Comment Period Ends July 5th, 2018

FB18-033 May 18, 2018

South Atlantic

Fishing for White, Brown, and Pink Shrimp is Open Off Georgia in Federal Waters  - Effective May 18, 2018
FB18-032 May 17, 2018

South Atlantic

Request for Comments: Limited Opening of Recreational and Commercial Red Snapper Fishery in South Atlantic Federal Waters
FB18-031 May 14, 2018

Gulf of Mexico

NOAA Fisheries Announces a Reduction in the Gulf of Mexico Vermilion Snapper Annual Catch Limit

FB18-030 May 11, 2018

Gulf of Mexico

Commercial Harvest of King Mackerel in Federal Waters of the Gulf of Mexico Northern Zone Will Close on May 15, 2018

FB18-029 May 7, 2018

Gulf of Mexico

Federal Waters off Texas Close to Shrimping on May 15, 2018

FB18-028 May 2, 2018

South Atlantic

Sea Turtle Safe Handling and Release Gear Workshops Being Held on the East Coast of Florida

FB18-027 April 20, 2018

South Atlantic

South Atlantic Vermilion Snapper Commercial Trip Limit Reduced to 555 Pounds Whole Weight on April 26, 2018

FB18-026 April 18, 2018

Gulf of Mexico

NOAA Announces the 2018 Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper Recreational Seasons and Clarifies Permit Regulations for Vessels Fishing in Federal Gulf Waters

FB18-025 April 13, 2018

South Atlantic

Request for Comments: Limited Opening of Recreational and Commercial Red Snapper Fishery in South Atlantic Federal Waters

FB18-024 April 3, 2018

South Atlantic

Request for Comments: Proposed Charter Vessel Electronic Reporting Requirements and Modifications to Current Headboat Electronic Reporting

FB18-023 April 3, 2018

South Atlantic

Request for Comments: Proposed Rule to Revise Annual Catch Limits for South Atlantic Red Grouper

FB18-022 April 2, 2018

Gulf of Mexico

Commercial Harvest of Greater Amberjack in Federal Waters of the Gulf of Mexico Will Not Reopen on June 1, 2018

FB18-021 March 28, 2018

Gulf of Mexico

Modifications to the Gulf of Mexico Greater Amberjack Recreational Fishing Year and Fixed Closed Season

FB18-020 March 27, 2018

Caribbean

Seasonal Prohibition on Fishing for or Possession of Mutton and Lane Snapper in U.S. Caribbean Federal Waters

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FB18-019 March 21, 2018

South Atlantic

South Atlantic Fishery Bulletin South Atlantic Black Sea Bass Recreational Season Starts April 1, 2018

FB18-018 March 16, 2018

South Atlantic

Commercial Closure for the Golden Tilefish Longline Component in South Atlantic Federal Waters on March 25, 2018

FB18-017 March 16, 2018

Gulf of Mexico and
South Atlantic

NOAA Fisheries Seeks Comments for an Application for an Exempted Fishing Permit to Test Trap Targeting of Lionfish in the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic Federal Waters

FB18-016 March 12, 2018

Gulf of Mexico

Request for Comments: Exempted Fishing Permits to Allow State Pilot Projects for the Management of Recreational Red Snapper Fishing in the Gulf of Mexico

FB18-015 February 21, 2018

Caribbean

Seasonal Closure of Mutton Snapper Spawning Aggregation Area in U.S. Caribbean Federal Waters off St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

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FB18-014 February 21, 2018

Gulf of Mexico (IFQ)

Request for Comments: Action to Improve Compliance and Flexibility in the Gulf of Mexico Commercial Individual Fishing Quota Programs

FB18-013 February 16, 2018

Gulf of Mexico

Commercial Hook-and-Line Harvest of King Mackerel in Federal Waters of the Gulf of Mexico Southern Zone Will Close on February 20, 2018

FB18-012 February 15, 2018

Gulf of Mexico

Request for Comments: Proposed Rule to Modify Mutton Snapper and Gag Management Measures

FB18-011 February 6, 2018

Gulf of Mexico

Final Rule Modifies the Number of Unrigged Hooks Carried on Board Bottom Longline Vessels in the Gulf of Mexico

FB18-010 February 5, 2018

South Atlantic

King Mackerel Trip Limit Increases to 75 Fish per Day for Commercial Hook-And-Line Vessels Fishing in Federal Waters off Florida Between the Flagler/Volusia and Miami-Dade/Monroe County Lines

FB18-009 February 2, 2018

South Atlantic

Request for Comments: Proposed Rule to Increase Catch Levels in Federal Waters and Prohibit Recreational Harvest of Spiny Lobster in the South Atlantic Using Traps

FB18-008 January 26, 2018

Gulf of Mexico

Request for Comments: Proposed Rule to Modify Recreational Greater Amberjack Fishing Year and Seasonal Closure

FB18-007 January 24, 2018

South Atlantic

Atlantic Spanish Mackerel Southern Zone Commercial Trip Limit Reduction to 1,500 Pounds on January 27, 2018

FB18-006 January 24, 2018

South Atlantic

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

FB18-005 January 22, 2018

Gulf of Mexico (IFQ)

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN - IFQ Program Operations During the Shutdown

FB18-004 January 19, 2018

Caribbean

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. Virgin Islands

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FB18-003 January 17, 2018 Gulf of Mexico Request for Comments: Intent to Develop a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for State Management of Gulf of Mexico Recreational Red Snapper
FB18-002 January 17, 2018 South Atlantic Federal Waters Off South Carolina Closed to All Fishing for Brown, Pink, and White Shrimp
FB18-001 January 11, 2018 South Atlantic Final Rule to Implement Mutton Snapper Regulations in Federal Waters of the South Atlantic Region (Amendment 41)