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Clearing up confusion about the 17B 40 fathom closure

July 14, 2011


We've been hearing some confusion over the 40 fathom closure included in 17B to protect Warsaw grouper and speckled hind and wanted to share the facts.

The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council discussed the deepwater closure as a part of regulatory Amendment 11 at the June 2011 South Atlantic Council meeting.  At that time, the Council added and adopted as their preferred alternative, a complete elimination of the closure.  However, Regulatory Amendment 11 is still under development with approval slated for August 9, 2011.  

Until regulatory Amendment 11 is sent to the Secretary of Commerce for approval and implementation, the 40 fathom closure remains in place.  Please see the Council update for more information.

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