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Red Snapper Fishing is Prohibited in South Atlantic Federal Waters

NOAA Fisheries Service extended the prohibition of commercial and recreational fishing for red snapper in all federal waters of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and the Atlantic coast of Florida.  It is illegal to fish for, possess, or harvest red snapper from these waters.

This action became effective through a final rule implementing Amendment 17A to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region (Amendment 17A), which addresses overfishing of red snapper in the South Atlantic.

Within this final rule, NOAA Fisheries Service also delayed the effective date of an area closure off southern Georgia and northern Florida until June 1, 2011.  The decision to delay the effective date of this area closure does not affect the prohibition on harvest and possession of red snapper.  Therefore, as of December 3, 2010, the red snapper prohibition is effective for all South Atlantic Federal waters, including waters defined within the delayed closed area.

More information, including Frequently Asked Questions for Amendment 17A can be found online at:  Frequently Asked Questions for the new red snapper stock assessment can be found online at:

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