Effective August 22, 2016, a new rule will extend the existing Gulf of Mexico commercial shrimp permit moratorium. Amendment 17A extends the moratorium on Gulf of Mexico commercial shrimp permits for 10 years to October 26, 2026.
NOAA Fisheries, with the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, developed Amendment 17A to the management plan for Gulf shrimp containing these management measures.
The final rule implementing the regulations published in the Federal Register on July 22, 2016.
Electronic copies of the amendment, final rule, and supporting materials may be obtained from the NOAA Fisheries Web site:
NOAA Fisheries is also reminding permit holders of reporting requirements to renew Gulf shrimp permits. All permit holders must complete the annual landings and gear survey forms before renewing their permits.
In addition, permit holders must complete the annual economic survey form and participate in the electronic logbook, observer, and trip interview programs, if selected.
For more information about these surveys and programs, fishermen can contact the NOAA Fisheries Southeast Permits Office at 1-877-376-4877 or visit sero.nmfs.noaa.gov.
source: Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council