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2017 CFMC LATEST NEWS


2017 NEWS, FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES AND FISHERY BULLETINS

  • Temporary rule closes the recreational fishing for wrasses and parrotfishes in the EEZ in Puerto Rico. Recreational fishing for wrasses closed on 4/19/17, and opens January 1, 2018. Parrotfishes closure for recreational fishing starts on May 19, 2017, and opens January 1, 2018. The AM-based closure for recreational parrotfishes applies at November 4, 2017, and opens January 1, 2018. Please refer to the attached Federal Register Notice for details.
  • On Apr 19, 2017, at 9:11 AM, Geno Olmi - NOAA Federal

From NOAA Press Release:
NOAA hurricane specialists, including National Hurricane Center director Rick Knabb, Ph.D., will provide information to residents of vulnerable communities about hurricane preparedness and resilience. Tours of the Air Force Reserve Command’s WC-130J “Hurricane Hunter” will offer an opportunity to learn how scientists collect hurricane information.
“Several Caribbean countries were severely damaged last year by Hurricane Matthew and Hurricane Otto,” Knabb said. “Another season is just weeks away and we have to be prepared. Simply hoping one of these storms won't hit your community is not a good plan.”
Locations, all local airports, and local times for public tours are:


April 24, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. – Merida, Mexico
April 25, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. – San Pedro Sula, Honduras
April 26, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Grand Cayman
April 27, 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Turks and Caicos 
April 29, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. – Aguadilla, Puerto Rico 


During hurricanes, military air crews fly state-of-the-art WC-130J aircraft directly into the core of tropical cyclones to gather data that are critical for forecasting a hurricane’s intensity and landfall. The data are sent in real time via satellite from the aircraft directly to the National Hurricane Center for analysis and use by hurricane forecasters.
"This data is vital in improving storm track models, which plays a critical role in alerting coastal residents about potential hazards,” said Lt. Col. Kaitlyn Woods, 53rd WRS chief meteorologist.
"The Caribbean Hurricane Awareness Tour educates the public not only about our mission but also of the importance of being prepared."
During the 2016 hurricane season, the 53rd WRS flew 75 missions, including 12 investigative flights over the Atlantic, for the National Hurricane Center. It also flew one mission over the eastern North Pacific and 14 over the central North Pacific. The eastern North Pacific hurricane season begins May 15 while the central North Pacific and Atlantic basin hurricane season begins June 1.
Aside from Knabb, also participating in the tour will be Lixion Avila, Ph.D., NOAA NHC senior hurricane specialist; and U.S Air Force reservists from the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron (WRS), 403rd Wing, Keesler Air Force Base, Biloxi, Miss.
Eugene (Geno) Olmi, PhD
Coordinator, NOAA Southeast and Caribbean Regional Team (SECART)
NOAA, 2234 South Hobson Ave, Charleston, SC 29405-2413
843-740-1230

  • May 9, 2017 - Federal Register /Vol. 82, No. 88 /Tuesday, May 9, 2017 /Rules and Regulations

Amendments to the Reef Fish, Spiny Lobster, and Corals and Reef Associated Plants and Invertebrates Fishery Management Plans of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands

Electronic copies of the AM Timing Amendment, which includes an environmental assessment (EA), a Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) analysis, and a regulatory impact review, may be obtained from the Southeast Regional Office Web site

  • Temporary rule closes the recreational fishing for wrasses and parrotfishes in the EEZ in Puerto Rico. Recreational fishing for wrasses closed on 4/19/17, and opens January 1, 2018. Parrotfishes closure for recreational fishing starts on May 19, 2017, and opens January 1, 2018. The AM-based closure for recreational parrotfishes applies at November 4, 2017, and opens January 1, 2018. Please refer to the attached Federal Register Notice for details.
  • FEDERAL REGISTER NOAA-NMFS-2016-0013-0001 - Amendments to the Reef Fish, Spiny Lobster, and Corals and Reef Associated Plants and Invertebrates Fishery Management Plans of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

FISHERY BULLETINS 2017

  • FB17-30 Eng - Seasonal Prohibition on Fishing for or Possession of Queen Conch in Federal Waters off St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

    NOAA Fisheries reminds the public of the upcoming seasonal prohibition on fishing for or possession on board a fishing vessel of queen conch.
    This annually recurring prohibition will take effect at 12:01 a.m. local time on June 1, 2017.
    The queen conch harvest season will reopen at 12:01 a.m. local time on November 1, 2017.
    The closure applies in federal waters east of 64°34′ W longitude, including that portion of the Lang Bank area falling within those federal waters (see map below).
    Possession of queen conch in U.S. Virgin Island territorial waters is prohibited June 1 through October 31.
    Possession of queen conch in Puerto Rico jurisdictional waters is prohibited August 1 through October 31.

    More information in the Caribbean Fishery Bulletin FB17-30. May 24, 2017

  • FB17-30 Sp - Temporada de veda para la pesca o posesión del carrucho en
    aguas federales del Caribe Estadounidense al este de Santa Cruz,
    Islas Vírgenes Estadounidenses

    El Servicio Nacional de Pesquerías Marinas (NOAA Fisheries) le recuerda a los pescadores y al público, el comienzo de la temporada de veda para la pesca o posesión del carrucho a bordo de una embarcación.
    Esta veda es recurrente anualmente y será efectiva a partir de las 12:01 a.m., hora local, del 1ro de junio de 2017.
    La temporada de pesca comercial y recreacional del carrucho re-abrirá a las 12:01 a. m., hora local, el 1ro de noviembre de 2017.
    La veda aplica en aguas federales al este de la longitud 64°34′ O en Santa Cruz, incluyendo la porción del área de Lang Bank en aguas federales (ver mapa abajo).
    La pesca y posesión del carrucho en aguas territoriales de las Islas Vírgenes Estadounidenses está prohibida desde el 1ro de junio al 31 de octubre, de cada año.
    La pesca y posesión del carrucho en aguas territoriales de Puerto Rico está prohibida desde el 1ro de agosto al 31 de octubre de cada año.

    Mas informacion en el Boletín Pesquerías del Sudeste FB17-30. 24 de mayo de 2017

  • FB17-28 Eng - Final Rule Modifies the Timing of Accountability Measure-Based Closures in U.S. Caribbean Federal Waters

    KEY MESSAGE: NOAA Fisheries announces a final rule modifying the date for implementation of accountability measure-based closures for U.S. Caribbean reef fish, spiny lobster, and coral resources managed by the Caribbean Fishery Management Council.  The purpose of this rule is to minimize, to the extent practicable, adverse socio-economic impacts of accountability measure-based closures, while protecting the fishery resource. May 15, 2017

  • FB17-28 Sp -Cambios a la fecha de implementación de vedas a la pesca basadas en medidas de responsabilidad en aguas federales del Caribe Estadounidense

    MENSAJE PRINCIPAL: El Servicio Nacional de Pesquerías Marinas (NOAA Fisheries, por su nombre en inglés) anuncia la reglamentación final que ajusta la fecha para la implementación de vedas a la pesca basadas en medidas de responsabilidad para los peces de arrecife, la langosta espinosa y los recursos coralinos administrados por el Consejo de Administración Pesquera del Caribe en aguas federales del Caribe Estadounidense.  El propósito de esta reglamentación es minimizar en la medida posible y mientras se protege al recurso pesquero, el impacto socioeconómico de las vedas a la pesca basadas en medidas de responsabilidad. 15 de mayo de 2017

  • FB17-22 Eng - Reduced Fishing Season Lengths for the Recreational Harvest of Wrasses in Federal Waters around Puerto Rico for the 2017 Fishing Year

    Recreational harvest of wrasses, including hogfish, puddingwife, and Spanish hogfish, in federal waters of Puerto Rico, will close on April 19, 2017. Recreational harvest will reopen at 12:01 a.m. (local time) on January 1, 2018.

  • FB17-22 Sp -Reducción en la duración de la temporada de pesca recreativa de los peces lábridos en aguas federales alrededor de Puerto Rico para el año 2017

    La pesca recreativa de peces lábridos, incluyendo capitán, capitán de piedras y loro capitán, se cerrará a las 12:01 am, hora local, el 19 de abril de 2017. La pesca recreativa de estas especies se reabrirá a las 12:01 a.m. (hora local) del 1 de enero de 2018.
  • FB17-18 - Seasonal Prohibition on Fishing for or Possession of Mutton and
    Lane Snapper in U.S. Caribbean Federal Waters
  • FB17-18 SP - Temporada de veda para la pesca y posesión de la sama y el arrayao en aguas federales del Caribe Estadounidense
  • FB17-11 -Seasonal Closure of Mutton Snapper Spawning Aggregation Area in U.S. Caribbean Federal Waters off St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
  • FB17-11-SP -Cierre de temporada anual en el Área de Desove de la Sama en aguas federales del Caribe Estadounidense en Santa Cruz, Islas Vírgenes Estadounidenses
  • FB17-10 - NOAA Fisheries Seeks Public Comment on the Proposed Rule to Modify the Timing of Accountability Measure-Based Closures in U.S. Caribbean Federal Waters
  • FB17-10 Sp - NOAA Fisheries solicita comentarios sobre la reglamentación propuesta para modificar las temporadas en que se implementan las vedas a la pesca por medidas de responsabilidad en aguas federales del Caribe Estadounidense
  • FB17-003 - Seasonal Prohibition on Fishing for and Possession of Red, Black, Tiger, Yellowfin, and Yellowedge Grouper in U.S. Caribbean Federal Waters and
    Seasonal Closure of Grammanik Bank off St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
  • FB17-003 Sp - Temporada de veda para la pesca y posesión del mero rojo, mero negro, tigre, guajil y guajil amarillo en aguas federales del Caribe Estadounidense y Cierre de temporada en el área del Banco Grammanik en San Tomás, Islas Vírgenes Estadounidenses
  • FB17-002 - NOAA Fisheries Seeks Public Comments on an Amendment to Modify the Timing of Accountability Measure-Based Closures in U.S. Caribbean Federal Waters
  • FB17-002 Sp - NOAA Fisheries solicita comentarios sobre una enmienda para modificar
    las temporadas en que se implementan las vedas a la pesca por medidas de
    responsabilidad en aguas federales del Caribe Estadounidense

     

     

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