For-Hire & Commercial Requirements for Sea Turtle Release Gear In Effect

Sea_Turtle_Release_Placard_101310This summer staff from the NOAA Fisheries Pascagoula Lab hit the docks in fishing communities throughout the South Atlantic region to provide training and outreach on required sea turtle release gear and protocols. The requirement affects all vessels in the South Atlantic with a federal commercial permit or a federal charter/headboat permit for harvesting snapper-grouper. The team held workshops to raise awareness about the requirement and improve compliance in the fishery. Workshops covered gear requirements, where to purchase or how … Read More