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Commercial Harvest of Atlantic Group Cobia (Georgia to New York)

Will Close on December 6, 2016

Commercial harvest of Atlantic group cobia (Georgia to New York) will close at 12:01 a.m. (local time) December 6, 2016.  The 2016 commercial annual catch limit is 50,000 pounds round or gutted weight.  Updated landings data indicate that commercial harvest of cobia will likely reach the annual catch limit by that date.  Commercial harvest will reopen at 12:01 a.m. (local time) on January 1, 2017.     

The operator of a vessel that is landing cobia for sale must have landed and bartered, traded, or sold such cobia prior to 12:01 a.m., local time, December 6, 2016.  The prohibition on sale and purchase does not apply to the sale or purchase of cobia that were harvested, landed ashore, and sold prior to 12:01 a.m. (local time) December 6, 2016, and were held in cold storage by a dealer or processor.

This closure is necessary to protect the cobia resource by preventing the commercial annual catch limit from being exceeded.  


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