Vermilion snapper trip limits reduced

The daily trip limit for the commercial harvest of vermilion snapper in the South Atlantic is reduced from 1,000 pounds gutted weight to 500 pounds gutted weight, effective 12:01 a.m. (local time) October 16, 2013.

NOAA Fisheries has determined 75 per cent of the July-December quota will be landed by October 16, 2013.

Regulatory Amendment 18 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region reduced the commercial trip limit from 1,500 pounds gutted weight to 1,000 pounds gutted weight.

The final rule also implemented measures, which reduce the trip limit to 500 pounds gutted weight when 75 per cent of the quota is met or projected to be met.

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