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Recreational Harvest: Prohibited
Commercial regulations for South Atlantic Federal Waters:
A commercial vessel permit and operator permit is required to fish for, sell, transfer, or possess rock shrimp in or from the South Atlantic EEZ. For a person aboard a vessel to fish for or possess rock shrimp in the South Atlantic EEZ off Georgia or off Florida, a limited access endorsement for South Atlantic rock shrimp must be issued to the vessel and must be onboard. An owner or operator of a vessel that has been issued a limited access endorsement for South Atlantic rock shrimp must ensure that the vessel has a NMFS-approved, operating Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) on board when on a trip in the South Atlantic. For additional information regarding permits and VMS requirements, contact NOAA Fisheries at 727-824-5305.
A dealer permit is required to receive rock shrimp. Dealers must only purchase rock shrimp from permitted vessels. No persons may fish for rock shrimp in the Oculina Bank Habitat Area of Particular Concern (HAPC) located off the east coast of Florida. No person may possess rock shrimp in or from this area onboard a fishing vessel.
The minimum mesh size for the cod end of a rock shrimp trawl net in the South Atlantic EEZ off Georgia and Florida is 1 7/8 inches (4.8 cm), stretched mesh. This minimum mesh size is required in at least the last 40 meshes forward of the cod end drawstring (tie off rings), and smaller mesh bag liners are not allowed. A vessel that has a trawl net on board that does not meet these requirements may not possess a rock shrimp in or from the South Atlantic EEZ off Georgia or Florida.
NOTICE: As of April 11, 2006, an owner or operator of a vessel in the South Atlantic rock shrimp fishery must submit catch and effort reports and to carry an observer on selected trips and use bycatch reduction devices in nets in the rock shrimp fishery.
For more information, see: SAFMC Rock Shrimp.
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