NOAA Fisheries announces changes to transit provisions for shrimp fishery
NOAA Fisheries announced changes to provisions for shrimp trawl vessels transiting through cold weather closed areas with brown, pink or white shrimp on board in federal waters of the South Atlantic.
The rule will allow trawl doors in the rack (cradle), nets in the rigging and tied down and try net on the deck during transit.
The final rule for Amendment 11 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Shrimp Fishery of the South Atlantic Region will update the regulations to more closely align with current fishing practices, reduce the socio-economic impacts for fishermen who transit these closed areas and improve safety at sea while maintaining protection for overwintering white shrimp.
Regulations will be effective Nov. 23, 2020.
The rule was published in the Federal Register Oct. 22, 2020 at 85 FR 67309.
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