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Seasonal Area Fishing Restrictions in Caribbean Waters to Begin Soon

15 November 2012

US - NOAA Fisheries is reminding the public that commercial and recreational fishing for, or possession of, red hind is prohibited from 12:01 a.m., local time, December 1 through the last day of February each year in or from the area off the west coast of Puerto Rico (defined as those waters in the US Caribbean federal waters west of 67° 10' W longitude).

Also, during this time, fishing for any species is prohibited in federal waters for the following red hind spawning aggregation areas:

  • Lang Bank red hind spawning aggregation area, east of St. Croix,
  • Tourmaline Bank
  • Abrir La Sierra Bank

Additionally, fishing for any species and anchoring activities by fishing vessels within the Hind Bank Marine Conservation District (MCD) is prohibited year round:

  • Hind Bank MCD, south of St. Thomas

This action complies with regulations implemented under Amendment 3 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Reef Fish Fishery of Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands to address required provisions of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, and is necessary to protect these resources. The Caribbean Fishery Management Council, in cooperation with NOAA Fisheries, developed the amendment to regulate fishing mortality.

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