Caribbean Fishery Management Council
Conserving, Restoring and Managing of Fishery Resources in the US Caribbean

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  • Council Coordination Committee Meeting(CCC)

    The Caribbean Fishery Management Council will host the Annual Council Coordination Committee Meeting, May 23rd to 27th, 2016 in St. Thomas, USVI.

    The Council Coordination Committee (CCC) consists of Chairs, Vice-Chairs and Executive Directors from each Regional Fishery Management Council. The CCC meets twice each year to discuss issues relevant to all eight councils, including issues related to the implementation of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA).

    Council Chairs, Vice-Chairs and Executive Directors will have opportunities to meet with NOAA Fisheries' senior staff to communicate issues and concerns, also coordinate to improve efficiencies.

    The meeting agenda, briefing materials and presentations from the meeting are posted below. Or you may find them at http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/

    CCC Agenda

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    CCC Briefing Book

    1 AGENDA AND NMFS UPDATE

    2 RECREATIONAL FISHERIES UPDATE

    3 BUDGET FY 16-17 UPDATES

    4 LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

    5 EBFM ROAD MAP

    6 COUNCIL DEF OF OY AND UPDATE NS1

    7 CATCH SHARE UPDATE REVIEW

    8 BYCATCH DISCUSSION

    9 NEW OP GUIDELINES ROA

    10 EM-ER REGIONAL IMPLEMENTATION UPDATE

    11 EFH SUMMIT UPDATE

    12 UPDATE ON CONFLICT OF INTEREST REGS

    13 COMM GROUP REPORT

    14 COMPLIANCE WITH NS2

    15 SSC SUBCOMMITTEE

    16 OTHER BUSINESS

    17 NEXT CCC-2017

    18 CCC June 2015 and Feb 2016 Summary and Minutes

    CCC Recordings

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    • 2011 Fishery Bulletins, Federal Register Notices & Announcements

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      April 2011

      FB11-042 - NOAA Fisheries Service Publishes a Final Rule to Establish Compatible Closures for Queen Conch in the U.S. Caribbean, you can also access this bulletin at http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov. April 29, 2011

      FB11-042 - Español - El Servicio Nacional de Pesquerias Marinas ha publicado la reglamentacion final para establecer cierres compatibles en la pesca del carrucho en las aguas estatales y federales en el caribe americano (EEZ). April 29, 2011

      FB11-031 - NOAA Fisheries Service Seeks Public Comment on Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Spiny Lobster in the Gulf of Mexico and South. April 18, 2011

      December 2011

      FB11-106 - NOAA Fisheries Service Announces New Regulations for Reef Fish and Queen Conch in the U.S. Caribbean. Small Entity Compliance Guide. December 30, 2011

      FB11-107 - NOAA Fisheries Service Announces New Regulations for Reef Fish, Queen Conch, Spiny Lobster, and Corals and Reef Associated Plants and Invertebrates in the U.S. Caribbean Small Entity Compliance Guide. December 30, 2011

      2010 Caribbean ACL Amendment National Marine Fisheries Service approved Amendment 2 to the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for the Queen Conch Fishery of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands and Amendment 5 to the Reef Fish Fishery FMP of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (2010 Caribbean Annual Catch Limit (ACL) Amendment; R1N 0648-AY55) on December 19, 2011.

      2011 ACL Amendment Letter to Council_Signed NOAA Fisheries Service approved Amendment 6 to the Reef Fish Fishery Management Plan (FMP) of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI), Amendment 5 to the FMP for the Spiny Lobster Fishery of Puerto Rico and the USVI, Amendment 3 to the FMP for the Queen Conch Resources of Puerto Rico and the USVI, Amendment 3 to the FMP for Corals and Reef Associated Plants and Invertebrates of Puerto Rico and the USVI (2011 Caribbean Annual Catch Limit (ACL) Amendment; RIN 0648-3A62) on December 20, 2011.

      January 2011

      FB11-002 NOAA Fisheries Service Seeks Comments on a Proposed Rule to Establish Compatible Queen Conch Closures in the U.S. Caribbean. January 20, 2011

      FB11-001 Seasonal Prohibition of Red, Black, Tiger, Yellowfin, or Yellowedge Grouper in Caribbean Federal Waters and Seasonal Closure of Grammanik Bank off St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands begins at 12:01 a.m., Local Time, February 1, 2011. January 19, 2011

      FB11-001 - Español - Temporada De Veda Para La Pesca Y Posesion Del Temporada De Veda Para La Pesca Y Posesion Del Mero Rojo, Negro (Mero Prieto), Dientes De Sable (Tigre), Guajil (Mero Pinto), Y Guajil Amarillo, En Las Aguas Federales Del Caribe Americano Y Cierre De Temporada En El Area Del Banco Grammanik En San Tomas, Islas Vírgenes Americanas. January 19, 2011

      July 2011

      FB11-058 Bulletin NOAA Seeks Public Comment on Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the 2011 Caribbean Annual Catch Limit Amendment Comment Period Ends Monday August 29, 2011 , in English & Spanish languages.  July 18, 2011

      Federal Register Notice - EIS No. 20110217, Draft EIS, NOAA, 00, 2011 Caribbean Comprehensive Annual Catch Limit (ACL) Amendment for the US Caribbean: Amendment 6 to the Reef Fish Fishery Management Plan of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; Amendment 5 to the Fishery Management Spiny Lobster Fishery of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; Amendment 3 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Queen Conch Resources of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; Amendment 3 to the Fishery Management Plan for Corals and Reef Associated Plants and Invertebrates of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, Comment Period Ends: 08/29/2011, Contact: Roy E. Crabtree, PhD 727–824–5305. July 15, 2011

      Federal Register Notice - PUERTO RICO - AUGUST 2-4, 2011; USVI - AUGUST 3-4, 2011 . Caribbean Fishery Management Council Scoping Meetings regarding ACLs. Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 135. July 14, 2011

      June 2011

      Public Hearing Notice - The Caribbean Fishery Management Council will hold public hearings to obtain input from fishers, the general public, and the local agencies representatives, on the draft Comprehensive Annual Catch Limit (ACL) Amendment for the U.S. Caribbean, Amendment 6 to the Reef Fish Fishery Management Plan of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, Amendment 5 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Spiny Lobster Fishery of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, Amendment 3 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Queen Conch Resources of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, Amendment 3 to the Fishery Management Plan for Corals and Reef Associated Plants and Invertebrates of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (Draft Environmental Impact Statement dated: June 20, 2011) Public Hearing Notice in Spanish

      CATCH SHARE MEETING NOTICE - The Catch Share Panel of the Caribbean Fishery Management Council will hold a public meeting. The meeting will be held on July 20, 2011, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico. June 27, 2011

      March 2011

      FB11-024 Seasonal Prohibition on the Possession of Mutton and Lane Snapper in U.S. Caribbean Federal Waters Begins at 12:01 a.m., Local Time, April 1, 2011. March 17, 2011

      FB11-024 - Español - Temporada de Veda para la Pesca y Posesión de la Sama y el Arrayao en las Aguas Federales del Caribe Americano, comenzando a las 12:01 a.m., hora local, efectivo el 1 ro de abril de 2011. March 17, 2011

      May 2011

      Annual Conch Season Closure Set for June 1 - USVIThe Department of Planning and Natural Resources, USVI, informs the public that the annual queen conch season closure in Virgin Islands territorial waters commences on June 1 and extends to Oct. 31, as established by regulation effective July 1, 2008 - annual-conch-season-closure-set-june-1. May 27, 2011

      November 2011

      FB11-095 - Seasonal Area Restrictions on Fishing in Caribbean Federal Waters Begin at 12:01 a.m., Local Time, December 1, 2011. November 15, 2011
      FB11-095 ESP - La Temporada De Veda Para La Pesca Y Posesión Del Mero Cabrilla En Las Aguas Federales Del Caribe Americano, Comienza A Las 12:01 A.M. 1 de Diciembre de 2011. November 15, 2011

      Federal Register Notice - Federal Register /Vol. 76, No. 215 /Monday, November 7, 2011 / Proposed Rules - 68711 - NMFS issues this proposed rule to implement Amendment 6 to the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for the Reef Fish Fishery of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, Amendment 5 to the FMP for the Spiny Lobster Fishery of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, Amendment 3 to the FMP for the Queen Conch Resources of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Amendment 3 to the FMP for Corals and Reef Associated Plants and Invertebrates of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (2011 Caribbean ACL Amendment) prepared by the Caribbean Fishery Management Council (Council). November 7, 2011

      FB11-091 - NOAA Seeks Public Comment on the Proposed Rule for the 2011 Caribbean Annual Catch Limit Amendment. Comment Period Ends November 22, 2011. November 7, 2011

      FB 11-91 Espanol - El Servicio Nacional de Pesquerías Marinas Solicita Comentarios Sobre la Reglamentación Propuesta para implementar la Enmienda a los Límites Anuales de Captura para el 2011 en el Caribe Americano El período de comentarios termina el 22 de noviembre de 2011. November 7, 2011

      October 2011

      FB11-087 - Español - El Servicio Nacional de Pesquerías Marinas Solicita Comentarios Sobre la Reglamentación Propuesta para Implementar la Enmienda a los Límites Anuales de Captura para el 2010 en el Caribe Americano. El período de comentarios termina el viernes, 18 de noviembre de 2011. October 27, 2011

      FB11-087 - NOAA Fisheries Service Seeks Public Comment on a Proposed Rule to Implement the 2010 Caribbean Annual Catch Limit Amendment Comment Period Ends November 18, 2011. October 27, 2011

      Federal Register Notice /Vol. 76, No. 208 /Thursday, October 27, 2011 / Proposed Rules - 66675 - NMFS proposes to implement Amendment 2 to the Fishery Management Plan for Queen Conch Resources of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands and Amendment 5 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Reef Fish Fishery of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (Amendments 2 and 5), prepared by the Caribbean Fishery Management Council (Council). October 27, 2011

      September 2011

      Federal Register Notice of availability; request for comments - Federal Register /Vol. 76, No. 186 /Monday, September 26, 2011 / Proposed Rules - 59375 - The Caribbean Fishery Management Council (Council) has submitted Amendment 2 to the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for the Queen Conch Resources of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands and Amendment 5 to the FMP for the Reef Fish Fishery of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (Amendments 2 and 5) for review, approval, and implementation by NMFS. September 26, 2011 

      Federal Register Notice of availability; request for comments. - Federal Register /Vol. 76, No. 186 /Monday, September 26, 2011 / Proposed Rules 59377 - NMFS announces that the Caribbean Fishery Management Council (Council) has submitted a 2011 Annual Catch Limits/Accountability Measures Amendment (2011 Caribbean ACL Amendment) to the Fishery Management Plans (FMPs) for Reef Fish Resources, Spiny Lobster, Queen Conch, and Coral and Reef Associated Plants and Invertebrates for the U.S. Caribbean for review, approval, and implementation by NMFS. September 26, 2011

      FB11-74 Revised NOAA Seeks Public Comment on the 2010 Caribbean Annual Catch Limit Amendment (Revised) - Comment Period Ends Friday, November 25, 2011. September 23, 2011

      FB11-74 Revised Español - Spanish. September 23, 2011

      FB11-74 NOAA Seeks Public Comment on the 2010 Caribbean Annual Catch Limit Amendment Comment Period Ends Friday, November 25, 2011. NOAA Fisheries Service seeks public comment on an amendment developed by the Caribbean Fishery Management Council. This amendment to the Fisheries Management Plans for reef fish and queen conch resources in the U.S. Caribbean is designed to bring those fisheries into compliance with the 2007 revisions to the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. September 23, 2011

      FB11-73 NOAA Seeks Public Comment on the 2011 Caribbean Annual Catch Limit Amendment. Comment Period Ends Friday, November 25, 2011. NOAA Fisheries Service announces the availability of an amendment developed by the Caribbean Fishery Management Council. This amendment to the fishery management plans for reef fish, spiny lobster, queen conch resources, and corals and reef associated plants and invertebrates in the U.S. Caribbean is designed to bring those fisheries into compliance with the 2007 revisions to the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. September 23, 2011

      FB11-73 Español - El Servicio Nacional de Pesquerías Marinas Solicita Comentarios Sobre la Enmienda a los Límites Anuales de Captura para el 2011 en el Caribe Americano El Período de Comentarios Termina el Viernes, 25 de Noviembre de 2011. September 23, 2011

      FB11-068 - Seasonal Prohibition on the Possession of Silk Snapper, Blackfin, Vermilion, and Black Snapper in Caribbean Federal Waters Begins at 12:01 a.m., Local Time, October 1, 2011

      FB11-068 - Español - La Temporada de Veda para la Pesca y Posesión del Chillo Ojo Amarillo, Negrita, Besugo, y Pargo Prieto, en las Aguas Federales en el Caribe, Comienza a las 12:01 AM, Hora Local, 1ro de Octubre de 2011. September 13, 2011

      FB11-067 Seasonal Prohibition on Fishing for and Possession of Council Managed Reef Fish in the Caribbean Federal Waters of Bajo de Sico Begins at 12:01 a.m., Local Time, October 1, 2011. September 13, 2011

      FB11- 067 - Español - La Temporada de Veda para la Pesca y Posesión de los Peces de Arrecife Manejados por el Consejo de Administración Pesquera del Caribe (Consejo) en las Aguas Federales del Bajo de Sico, Comienza a las 12:01 a.m., Hora Local, el 1ro de Octubre de 2011. September 13, 2011

    • 2012 Fishery Bulletins, Federal Register Notices & Announcements

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      April 2012

      El Servicio Nacional de Pesquerías Marinas anuncia las Vistas Públicas sobre la reglamentación propuesta para las medidas de manejo de la Enmienda 4 en el Caribe Americano al Plan de Manejo Consolidado de las Especies Altamente Migratorias del 2006. April 25, 2012

      Federal Register /Vol. 77, No. 74 /Tuesday, April 17, 2012 / Proposed Rules 22749Petition To List 83 Species of Coral as Threatened or Endangered Under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) - Notice of availability of reports, request for information, and notice of public listening sessions and scientific workshops

      February 2012

      FB12-012 Mutton Snapper Spawning Aggregation Seasonal Area Closure in Caribbean Federal Waters Begins at 12:01 a.m., Local Time, March 1, 2012 . February 17, 2012. - NOAA Fisheries Service reminds the public that commercial and recreational fishing is prohibited from 12:01 a.m., local time, March 1 through June 30, each year in or from those parts of the mutton snapper spawning aggregation area that are in the exclusive economic zone. February 17, 2012

      FB12-012S - Cierre de Temporada en el Área de la Agregación de Desove de la Sama en aquella porciónde las Aguas Federales del Caribe Americano al sudoeste de Santa Cruz, Islas Vírgenes Americanas, comenzando a las 12:01 a.m., hora local, efectivo el 1ro de marzo de 2012 - El Servicio Nacional de Pesquerías Marinas (NOAA Fisheries) recuerda al público en general que la pesca comercial y recreacional está prohibida desde las 12:01 a.m., hora local, del 1ro de marzo hasta el 30 de junio de cada año, en las aguas de la zona económica exclusiva del area conocida como el área de desove de la sama al sudeste de Santa Cruz, Islas Vírgenes Americanas. February 17, 2012

      Federal Register /Vol. 77, No. 24 /Monday, February 6, 2012 / Proposed Rules 5751 
      NMFS proposes to amend the regulations that implement section 401(g) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA). The amendments would eliminate duplicative permitting and registration requirements for holders of Main Hawaiian Islands Non-commercial Bottomfish Permits; allow states that exempt minors under the age of 17 from the state license or registration requirements to be eligible for Exempted State designation; allow the U.S. Virgin Islands to be designated as an Exempted State under the qualifying regional survey option of the rule; and clarify and update various provisions of the rule.

      January 2012

      FB12-004 - Seasonal Prohibition Regarding Red, Black, Tiger, Yellowfin, and Yellowedge Grouper in Caribbean Federal Waters and Seasonal Closure of Grammanik Bank off St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Begins at 12:01 a.m., Local Time, February 1, 2012. January 18, 2012

      FB12-004 Español - Temporada de veda para la pesca y posesion del mero rojo, negro (mero prieto), dientes de sable (tigre), guajil (mero pinto), y guajil Amarillo, en las aguas federales del caribe americano y cierre de Temporada en el area del banco grammanik en san tomas, Islas vírgenes americanas.  January 18, 2012

      July 2012

      Federal Register /Vol. 77, No. 127 /Monday, July 2, 2012 /Notices
      SUMMARY: The Caribbean Fishery Management Council will hold two public hearings to obtain input from fishers, the general public, and the local agencies representatives on the Draft Amendment 4 to the Fishery Management Plan for Corals and Reef Associated Plants and Invertebrates of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (dealing with seagrasses) and Draft Amendment 4 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Reef Fish Fishery of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (dealing with size limits for parrotfish); and one Scoping Meeting on Options for Island-Specific Fishery Management Plans (FMPs) in the U.S. Caribbean.

      Two public hearings The Caribbean Fishery Management Council will hold two public hearings to obtain input from fishers, the general public, and the local agencies representatives on the Draft Amendment 4 to the Fishery Management Plan for Corals and Reef Associated Plants and Invertebrates of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (dealing with seagrassess) and Draft Amendment 4 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Reef Fish Fishery of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (dealing with size limits for parrotfish); and one Scoping Meeting on Options for Island-Specific Fishery Management Plans (FMPs) in the U.S. Caribbean

      Vistas públicas sobre límites de tamaño para los loros o cotorros. Borrador de la Enmienda Número 4 al Plan de Manejo Pesquero para la Pesquería de peces de Arrecife de Puerto Rico y las Islas Vírgenes Americanas

      March 2012

      FB12-020 - Seasonal Prohibition on the Possession of Mutton and Lane Snapper in Caribbean Federal Waters Begins at 12:01 a.m., Local Time, April 1, 2012 - NOAA Fisheries Service would like to remind fishermen there is a seasonal prohibition on fishing for or possession of mutton and lane snapper from 12:01 a.m., local time, April 1 through June 30 each year in U.S. Caribbean federal waters. Seasonal Prohibition on the Possession of Mutton and Lane Snapper in Caribbean Federal Waters Begins at 12:01 a.m., Local Time, April 1, 2012 - NOAA Fisheries Service would like to remind fishermen there is a seasonal prohibition on fishing for or possession of mutton and lane snapper from 12:01 a.m., local time, April 1 through June 30 each year in U.S. Caribbean federal waters. March 26, 2012

      FB12-020 Sp - Temporada De Veda Para La Pesca Y Posesion De La Sama Y El Arrayao En Las Aguas Federales Del Caribe Americano, Comenzando A Las 12:01 A.M., Hora Local, Efectivo El 1ro De Abril De 2012 - El Servicio Nacional de Pesquerías Marinas (NOAA Fisheries) quiere recordarle a todos los pescadores sobre la temporada de veda para la pesca y posesión de la sama y el arrayao en las aguas federales del Caribe Americano, comenzando a las 12:01 a.m., hora local, desde el 1 ro de abril hasta el 30 de junio de cada año. 26 de marzo de 2012. March 26, 2012

      September 2012

      FB12-084 Red Hind Seasonal Closure - Seasonal Area Restrictions on Fishing in Caribbean Federal Waters Begin at 12:01 a.m., Local Time, December 1, 2012. November 2, 2012

      FB12-084SP Mero Cabrilla Veda - La temporada de veda para la pesca y posesión del mero cabrilla en las aguas federales del caribe americano, comienza a las 12:01 a. M., hora local, el 1 de diciembre de 2012, hasta el 28 de febrero de 2013. November 2, 2012

      FB12-069 Seasonal Prohibition on Fishing for and Possession of Council Managed Reef Fish in the Caribbean Federal Waters of Bajo de Sico Begins at 12:01 a.m., Local Time, October 1, 2012. Sept. 18, 2012

      FB12-069 Español La Temporada de Veda para la Pesca y Posesión de los Peces de Arrecife Manejados por el Consejo de Administración Pesquera del Caribe (Consejo) en las Aguas Federales del Bajo de Sico, Comienza a las 12:01 a.m., Hora Local, el 1ro de Octubre de 2012. Sept. 18, 2012

      FB12-068 Seasonal Prohibition on the Possession of Blackfin, Vermilion, Black, and Silk Snapper in Caribbean Federal Waters Begins at 12:01 a.m., Local Time, October 1, 2012. Sept. 18, 2012

      FB12-068 Spanish La Temporada de Veda para la Pesca y Posesión del Chillo Ojo Amarillo, Negrita, Besugo, y Pargo Prieto, en las Aguas Federales en el Caribe, comienza a las 12:01 AM, Hora Local, el 1ro de octubre de 2012. Sept. 18, 2012

    • 2013 Fishery Bulletins, Federal Register Notices & Announcements

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      April 2013

      FB13-032 - April 5, 2013 - February 10, 2011, Control Date Established for the Commercial Trap Sectors of the Reef Fish and Spiny Lobster Fisheries of the U.S. Caribbean Comment Period Ends May 6, 2013

      December 2013

      FB13-102 - Commercial and Recreational Harvest of Spiny Lobster in St. Croix Federal Waters Closes on December 19, 2013. December 5, 2013.

      NOAA Fisheries reminds fishers that the commercial and recreational harvest of spiny lobster closes in St. Croix, United States Virgin Islands (USVI) federal waters at 12:01 a.m. (local time) on December 19, 2013.

      FB13-102SP -La pesca comercial y recreacional de la langosta en aguas federales de Santa Cruz estará cerrada desde el 19 diciembre de 2013.  5 de diciembre de 2013

      El Servicio Nacional de Pesquerías Marinas (NOAA Fisheries) le recuerda a todos los pescadores comerciales y recreacionales que la pesca de la langosta estará cerrada en aguas federales de Santa Cruz, Islas Vírgenes Americanas, desde las 12:01 a.m., hora local, del 19 de diciembre de 2013.

      February 2013

      FB13-009 - Mutton Snapper Spawning Aggregation Seasonal Area Closure in Caribbean Federal Waters Begins at 12:01 a.m., Local Time, March 1, 2013

      FB13-014 - NOAA Fisheries Seeks Comments on Amendment 4 to the Fishery Management Plan for Corals and Reef Associated Plants and Invertebrates of the U.S. Caribbean Region. Comment Period Ends April 26, 2013

      FB13-014 SP- El Servicio Nacional de Pesquerías Marinas Solicita Comentarios Sobre la Enmienda 4 al Plan de Manejo de Corales y Plantas e Invertebrados Asociados a los Arrecifes de Puerto Rico y las Islas Vírgenes Americanas. El período de comentarios termina el viernes, 26 de abril de 2013

      Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 37 / Monday, February 25, 2013 / Proposed Rules, 12704-12705 - The Caribbean Fishery Management Council (Council) has submitted Amendment 4 to the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for Corals and Reef Associated Plants and Invertebrates of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) (Coral FMP) for review, approval, and implementation by NMFS. Amendment 4 to the Coral FMP proposes to modify management of seagrasses in the U.S. Caribbean exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

      February 2013

      FB13-009 - Mutton Snapper Spawning Aggregation Seasonal Area Closure in Caribbean Federal Waters Begins at 12:01 a.m., Local Time, March 1, 2013

      FB13-014 - NOAA Fisheries Seeks Comments on Amendment 4 to the Fishery Management Plan for Corals and Reef Associated Plants and Invertebrates of the U.S. Caribbean Region. Comment Period Ends April 26, 2013

      FB13-014 SP- El Servicio Nacional de Pesquerías Marinas Solicita Comentarios Sobre la Enmienda 4 al Plan de Manejo de Corales y Plantas e Invertebrados Asociados a los Arrecifes de Puerto Rico y las Islas Vírgenes Americanas. El período de comentarios termina el viernes, 26 de abril de 2013

      Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 37 / Monday, February 25, 2013 / Proposed Rules, 12704-12705 - The Caribbean Fishery Management Council (Council) has submitted Amendment 4 to the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for Corals and Reef Associated Plants and Invertebrates of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) (Coral FMP) for review, approval, and implementation by NMFS. Amendment 4 to the Coral FMP proposes to modify management of seagrasses in the U.S. Caribbean exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

      January 2013

      FB13-004 - Seasonal Prohibition on Fishing for Red, Black, Tiger, Yellowfin, and Yellowedge Grouper in Caribbean Federal Waters and Seasonal Closure of Grammanik Bank off St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands,  January 17, 2013

      FB13-004 Español - Temporada de Veda para la Pesca y Posesión del mero rojo, negro (mero prieto), dientes de sable (tigre), guajil (mero pinto), y guajil amarillo, en las Aguas Federales del Caribe Estadounidense y Cierre de Temporada en el Área del Banco Grammanik en San Tomás, Islas Vírgenes Americanas, 17 de enero de 2013

      July 2013

      Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 146 / Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - NMFS issues this final rule to implement management measures described in Regulatory Amendment 4 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Reef Fish Fishery of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (FMP), as prepared by the Caribbean Fishery Management Council (Council).

      147th CFMC Meeting Notices, English-Spanish

      FB13-062 - NOAA Fisheries Announces a Final Rule to Establish Minimum Size Limits for Harvest of Parrotfish from Federal Waters off St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands - July 30, 2013

      FB13-062SP - El Servicio Nacional de Pesquerías Marinas Anuncia la Reglamentación Final para Establecer Límites de Tamaño para los Loros o Cotorros en Aguas Federales de Santa Cruz, Islas Vírgenes Americanas - 30 de julio de 2013

      Federal  Register / Vol.  78,  No.  140 / Monday, July  22,  2013 / Notices - The Caribbean Fishery Management Council will  hold scoping meetings to obtain input from fishers, the general public, and  the local agencies representatives on the development of island-specific fishery management plans for Puerto Rico, St. Thomas/St. John,  USVI and  St. Croix, USVI. A fishery management plan will be developed for each  of these areas.

      Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 134 / Friday, July 12, 2013 / Notices - The Caribbean Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Advisory Panel (AP) will hold a meeting.

      Date: Wednesday, August 7, 2013, from 10:00am to 4:30 pm

      Venue: Caribbean Fishery Management Council Office, 270 Muñoz Rivera Avenue, Suite 401, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00918.

      Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 139 / Friday, July 19, 2013 / Rules and Regulations - This final action amends the guidelines for National Standard 2 (NS2) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) regarding scientific information.

      June 2013

      Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 110 / Friday, June 7, 2013 / Proposed Rules - NMFS proposes regulations to implement Regulatory Amendment 2 to the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for the Queen Conch Resources of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) (Regulatory Amendment 2), as prepared by the Caribbean Fishery Management Council (Council),  Regulatory Amendment 2

      NOAA Fisheries is seeking public comment on a proposed rule to implement Regulatory Amendment 2 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Queen Conch Resources of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI). The proposed rule for Regulatory Amendment 2 published in the Federal Register on June 7, 2013 (78 FR 34310). The comment period ends on July 8, 2013. Fishery BulletinRegulatory Amendment 2Federal Register

      El Servicio Nacional de Pesquerías Marinas Solicita Comentarios sobre la Reglamentación Propuesta para Modificar el Manejo del Carrucho en Aguas Federales del Caribe Estadounidense. El período de comentarios termina el 8 de julio de 2013 Fishery Bulletin (Spanish)Regulatory Amendment 2Federal Register

      The Caribbean Fishery Management Council will hold scoping meetings to obtain input from fishers, the general public, and the local agencies representatives on the development of island-specific fishery management plans for Puerto Rico, St. Thomas/St. John, USVI and St. Croix, USVI. A fishery management plan will be developed for each of these areas. Federal RegisterNotice English & Spanish, PR Scoping DocumentSTT/STJ Scoping DocumentSTX Scoping Document

      Federal Register /Vol. 78, No. 109 /Thursday, June 6, 2013 /Notices - NMFS, Southeast Region, in collaboration with the Caribbean Fishery Management Council (Council), intends to prepare a DEIS to describe and analyze a range of management alternatives for management actions to be considered when developing and establishing a Comprehensive Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of Puerto Rico. Scoping DocumentMeetingsFishery BulletinFB13-048

      Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 109 / Thursday, June 6, 2013 / Notices - NMFS, Southeast Region, in collaboration with the Caribbean Fishery Management Council (Council), intends to prepare a DEIS to describe and analyze a range of management alternatives for management actions to be considered when developing and establishing a Comprehensive Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of St. Thomas/St. John. Scoping DocumentMeetingsFishery Bulletin FB13-050

      Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 109 / Thursday, June 6, 2013 / Notices - NMFS, Southeast Region, in collaboration with the Caribbean Fishery Management Council (Council), intends to prepare a DEIS to describe and analyze a range of management alternatives for management actions to be considered when developing and establishing a Comprehensive Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of St. Croix. Scoping DocumentMeetingsFishery BulletinFB13-049

      FB13-045 - NOAA Fisheries Announces a Final Rule to Modify Management of Seagrasses in Federal Waters of the U.S. Caribbean, June 4, 2013

      FB13-045SP - El Servicio Nacional de Pesquerías Marinas Anuncia la Reglamentación Final para Modificar el Manejo de las Yerbas Marinas en Aguas Federales del Caribe Estadounidense, Junio 4, 2013

      Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 107 / Tuesday, June 4, 2013 / Rules and Regulations- Amendment 4 to the Corals and Reef Associated Plants and Invertebrates Fishery Management Plan of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; Seagrass Management

      March 2013

      FB13-016 - March 6, 2013 -NOAA Fisheries Seeks Comments on a Proposed Rule to Modify Management of Seagrasses in Federal Waters of the U.S. Caribbean Comment Period Ends April 5, 2013

      FB13-016 Sp - 6 de marzo de 2013 - El Servicio Nacional de Pesquerías Marinas Solicita Comentarios Sobre la Reglamentación Propuesta para Modificar el Manejo de las Yerbas Marinas en Aguas Federales del Caribe Estadounidense. El Período de Comentarios Termina el Viernes, 5 de Abril de 2013.

      Federal Register /Vol. 78, No. 44 /Wednesday, March 6, 2013 / Proposed Rules 14503-14507 - NMFS proposes regulations to implement Amendment 4 to the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for Corals and Reef Associated Plants and Invertebrates of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) (Coral FMP), as prepared and submitted by the Caribbean Fishery Management Council (Council).

      FB13-019 - March 11, 2013 - NOAA Fisheries Seeks Comments on a Proposed Rule for U.S. Caribbean Parrotfish Minimum Size Limits Comment Period Ends April 10, 2013 -Spanish and English version

      Federal Register /Vol. 78, No. 46 / Friday, March 8, 2013 /Notices, 14981-14982 - The Caribbean Fishery Management Council will hold a public hearing to obtain input from fishers, the general public, and the local agencies representatives on the Draft Regulatory Amendment 2 to the Fishery Management Plan for Queen Conch Resources of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands: Compatible Trip and Bag Limits for the U.S. Caribbean Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

      Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 47 / Monday, March 11, 2013 / Proposed Rules, 15338-15340 - NMFS proposes regulations to implement management measures described in Regulatory Amendment 4 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Reef Fish Fishery of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (FMP), as prepared by the Caribbean Fishery Management Council (Council)

      FB13-022 - March 19, 2013 -Seasonal Prohibition on the Possession of Mutton and Lane Snapper in U.S. Caribbean Federal Waters Begins at 12:01 a.m., Local Time, April 1

      FB13-022 SP - 19 de marzo de 2013 - Temporada de Veda para la Pesca y Posesión de la Sama y el Arrayao en las Aguas Federales del Caribe Estadounidense, Comienza a las 12:01 Am, Hora Local, el 1ro de Abril

      FB13-028 - March 25, 2013 - Reduced Season Lengths for Several Species Groups in the U.S. Caribbean for the 2013 Fishing Year

      FB13-28 SP - 25 de marzo de 2013 - Reducción de la Duración de las Temporadas de Pesca para Varios Grupos de Especies en las Aguas Federales del Caribe Estadounidense para el Año 2013

      Temporary rule; accountability measures - Federal Register /Vol. 78, No. 58 /Tuesday, March 26, 2013 /Rules and Regulations - NMFS implements accountability measures (AMs) for species and species groups in the exclusive economic zone of the U.S. Caribbean (EEZ) for the 2013 fishing year through this temporary rule.

      November 2013

      FB13-99 - Seasonal Area Restrictions on Fishing in Caribbean Federal Waters Begin December 1, 2013.  November 15, 2013

      FB13-99SP - La temporada de veda para la pesca y posesión del mero cabrilla en las aguas federales del Caribe Estadounidense, comienza el 1 de diciembre de 2013, hasta el 28 de febrero de 2014. 15 de noviembre de 2013

      FB13-094 - Commercial and Recreational Harvest of Triggerfish and Filefish in St. Croix Federal Waters Closes on November 21, 2013.  November 7, 2013.

      FB13-094SP - La Pesca Comercial y Recreacional de Pejes Puercos y Lijas en Aguas Federales de Santa Cruz, Islas Vírgenes Americanas, estará Cerrada desde el 21 de noviembre de 2013. 7 de noviembre de 2013.

      October 2013

      FB13-093 - New Commercial Trip Limit for the Harvest of Queen Conch in Federal Waters off St. Croix is in Effect. October 29, 2013.

      FB13-093SP - En Efecto Nuevo Límite Diario de Captura para la Pesca Comercial del Carrucho en Aguas Federales de Santa Cruz en las Islas Vírgenes Americanas. 29 de octubre de 2013.

      FB13-84 - Recreational Harvest of Wrasses in Puerto Rico Federal Waters Closes on October 21, 2013. September 30, 2013.

      FB13-84 SP- La pesca recreacional de peces lábridos en aguas federales de Puerto Rico estará cerrada desde el 21 de octubre de 2013, FB13-084SP. 30 de septiembre de 2013.

      FB13-080 - Commercial Harvest of Cardinal and Queen Snapper in Puerto Rico Federal Waters Closed on September 21, 2013. September 23, 2013.

      FB13-080SP - La Pesca Comercial de la Muniama de Afuera y del Cartucho en Aguas Federales de Puerto Rico está Cerrada desde el 21 de septiembre de 2013. 23 de septiembre de 2013

      FB13-78 - Seasonal Prohibition on Fishing for and Possession of Council Managed Reef Fish in the Caribbean Federal Waters of Bajo de Sico Begins at 12:01 a.m., Local Time, October 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014.

      FB13-78SP - La temporada de veda para la pesca y posesión de los peces de arrecife manejados por el Consejo de Administración Pesquera del Caribe (Consejo) en las aguas federales del Bajo de Sico, comienza a las 12:01 a.m., hora local, el 1ro de octubre de 2013 hasta el 31 de marzo de 2014.

      FB13-77 - Seasonal Prohibition on the Possession of Blackfin, Vermilion, Black, and Silk Snapper in Caribbean Federal Waters Begins at 12:01 a.m., Local Time, October 1, 2013 through December 31st.

      FB13-77SP - La temporada de veda para la pesca y posesión del chillo ojo amarillo, negrita, besugo, y pargo prieto, en las aguas federales en el Caribe Estadounidense, comienza a las 12:01 a.m., hora local, el 1ro de octubre de 2013 hasta el 31 de diciembre.

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      April 2014

      Scoping meeting notice, April 2014 - Federal Register Notice

      FB14-019 - Seasonal Prohibition on the Possession of Mutton and Lane Snapper in U.S. Caribbean Federal Waters Begins at 12:01 a.m., Local Time, April 1.  March 17, 2014

      NOAA Fisheries reminds fishermen there is a seasonal prohibition on fishing for or possession of mutton and lane snapper from 12:01 a.m., local time, April 1 through 11:59 p.m., June 30, each year in the U.S. Caribbean federal waters.

      FB14-019 Span - Temporada de veda para la pesca y posesión de la sama y el arrayao en las aguas federales del caribe estadounidense, comienza a las 12:01 am, hora local, el 1ro de abril. 17 de marzo de 2014.

      El Servicio Nacional de Pesquerías Marinas (NOAA Fisheries) desea recordar a todos los pescadores el comienzo de la temporada de veda para la pesca y posesión de la sama y el arrayao en las aguas federales del Caribe Estadounidense. Esta veda comienza el 1 ro de abril hasta el 30 de junio de cada año.

      August 2014

      FB14-058 - NOAA Fisheries to Host Town Hall Meeting on National Recreational
      Saltwater Fisheries Policy on August 12, 2014 Public invited - we want to hear from you.

      FB14-058 Span - El Servicio Nacional de Pesquerías Marinas (NOAA Fisheries) llevará a cabo una reunión sobre la Política Nacional para las Pesquerías Recreativas de Agua
      Salada el 12 de agosto de 2014.

      December 2014

      FB14-86 Seasonal Area Restrictions on Fishing in Caribbean Federal Waters Begin December 1, 2014 - NOAA Fisheries reminds fishers 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. During this time, red hind cannot be harvested from, or possessed in, the area west of 67° 10’ W longitude. The area is located off the west coast of Puerto Rico. Spanish version

      January 2014

      FB14-003 - Seasonal Prohibition on Fishing for 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, January 17, 2014. English and Spanish language.

      NOAA Fisheries reminds the public there is a seasonal prohibition on fishing for or possession of red, black, tiger, yellowfin, and yellowedge grouper in U.S. Caribbean federal waters from 12:01 a.m., local time, February 1 through April 30, 2014. This prohibition on possession does not apply to such grouper harvested and landed on shore prior to the closure.

      Also, from February 1 through April 30, each year, no person may fish for or possess any species of fish, except highly migratory species, within the Grammanik Bank closed area. The term "fish" means finfish, mollusks, crustaceans, and all other forms of marine animal and plant life other than marine mammals and birds. Highly migratory species includes bluefin, bigeye, yellowfin, albacore, and skipjack tunas; swordfish; sharks; white marlin, blue marlin, sailfish, and longbill spearfish.

      June 2014

      Notice of public hearings and scoping meetings. The Caribbean Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold public hearings to obtain input from fishers, the general public and the local agencies representatives on the Draft Comprehensive Amendment to the U.S. Caribbean Fishery Management Plans (FMPs): Annual Catch Limit Control Rule. Immediately following, the Council will hold scoping meetings on the Scoping Document that addresses the Timing of Accountability Measure-Based Seasonal Closures in all the U.S. Caribbean FMPs. These are separate actions, each of which would amend the Council FMPs for the Reef Fish Resources, Corals and Reef Associated Plants and Invertebrates, Spiny Lobster, and Queen Conch Resources of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For more details.

      March 2014

      FB14-019 - Seasonal Prohibition on the Possession of Mutton and Lane Snapper in U.S. Caribbean Federal Waters Begins at 12:01 a.m., Local Time, April 1.  March 17, 2014

      NOAA Fisheries reminds fishermen there is a seasonal prohibition on fishing for or possession of mutton and lane snapper from 12:01 a.m., local time, April 1 through 11:59 p.m., June 30, each year in the U.S. Caribbean federal waters.

      FB14-019 Span - Temporada de veda para la pesca y posesión de la sama y el arrayao en las aguas federales del caribe estadounidense, comienza a las 12:01 am, hora local, el 1ro de abril. 17 de marzo de 2014.

      El Servicio Nacional de Pesquerías Marinas (NOAA Fisheries) desea recordar a todos los pescadores el comienzo de la temporada de veda para la pesca y posesión de la sama y el arrayao en las aguas federales del Caribe Estadounidense. Esta veda comienza el 1 ro de abril hasta el 30 de junio de cada año.

      SSC meeting - March 25-27, 2014 - Federal Register Notice

      FB14-010 - FB14-010 Span- Mutton Snapper Spawning Aggregation Seasonal Area Closure in caribbean federal waters begins on March 1, 2014, at 12:01 a.m., local time; English and Spanish language.

      May 2014

      Supplemental Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare a draft environmental impact statement (DEIS); reopening of comment period, Puerto Rico

      Supplemental Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare a draft environmental impact statement (DEIS); reopening of comment period, STX, USVI

      Supplemental Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare a draft environmental impact statement (DEIS); reopening of comment period, STT/STJ, USVI

      Interagency Cooperation — Endangered Species Act of 1973, as Amended; Definition of Destruction or Adverse Modification of Critical Habitat.
      FWS and NMFS propose to amend regulations, which implements the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act).

      Listing Endangered and Threatened Species and Designating Critical Habitat; Implementing Changes to the Regulations for Designating Critical Habitat

      FB14-035 -- Seasonal prohibition on the possession of queen conch in federal waters off Lang bank in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.  Begins at 12:01 a.m., local time, June 1, 2014.

      FB14-035 Span - La temporada de veda del carrucho en las aguas federales de Lang Bank, Santa Cruz, en las Islas Vírgenes Americanas.  Comienza a las 12:01 a.m. hora local, el 1 de junio de 2014.

      November 2014

      The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announced a 12 month finding and listing determination on a petition to list the queen conch (Strombus gigas) as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  NMFS have concluded that the queen conch is not currently in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range nor is it not likely to become so within the foreseeable future. Please refer to the Federal Register attached notice for the details.

      October 2014

      FB14-078 - Commercial harvest of wrasses in Puerto Rico, federal waters will close on October 20, 2014.

      FB14-078 Span - La pesca comercial de peces lábridos (capitanes) en aguas federales de Puerto Rico estará cerrada desde el 20 de octubre de 2014.

      September 2014

      FB14-072 - Seasonal Prohibition on the Possession of Blackfin, Vermilion, Black, and Silk Snapper in Caribbean Federal Waters Begins at 12:01 a.m., Local Time, October 1, 2014.

      FB14-072 Span- La temporada de veda para la pesca y posesión del chillo ojo amarillo, negrita, besugo, y pargo prieto en las aguas federales en el Caribe Estadounidense, comienza a las 12:01 a.m., hora local el 1ro de octubre de 2014.

      FB14-071 - Seasonal Prohibition on Fishing for and Possession of Council Managed Reef Fish in U.S. Caribbean Federal Waters of Bajo de Sico Begins at 12:01 a.m., Local Time, October 1, 2014.

      FB14-071 Span - La temporada de veda para la pesca y posesión de los peces de arrecife manejados por el Consejo de Administración Pesquera del Caribe (Consejo) en las aguas federales del Bajo de Sico, comienza a las 12:01 a.m., hora local, el 1ro de octubre de 2014

      The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announces the availability for public review of the Draft Recovery Plan (Plan) for elkhorn coral (Acropora palmata) and staghorn coral (Acropora cervicornis).

      FB14-066 - NOAA Seeks Public Comment for a Proposed Rule to List Nassau Grouper as Threatened under the Endangered Species Act NOAA Fisheries is seeking public comments on a proposed rule to list Nassau grouper as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The proposed rule filed in the Federal Register on September 2, 2014 (79 FR 51929).

      The proposed rule is based on key conclusions from a Biological Report and the Extinction Risk Analysis conducted by NOAA Fisheries.

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      April 2015

      FB15-20 - Seasonal Prohibition on Fishing for or Possession of Mutton and Lane Snapper in U.S. Caribbean Federal Waters Begins on April 1, 2015, at 12:01 a.m., Local Time

      FB15-20 - Spanish Version, Temporada de Veda para la Pesca y Posesión de la Sama y el Arrayao en las Aguas Federales del Caribe Estadounidense, Comenzando a las 12:01 a.m., hora local, efectivo el 1ro de abril de 2015

      February 2015

      Federal Register Meeting Notice - DAP and OEAP Meetings.

      FB15-015 - Annual Mutton Snapper Spawning Aggregation Seasonal Area Closure in Federal Waters of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands Begins on March 1, 2015, at 12:01 a.m., Local Time.

      FB15-015 - Spanish version, Cierre de Temporada Anual en el Área de la Agregación de Desove de la Sama en Aguas Federales del Caribe Estadounidense al Sudoeste de Santa Cruz, Islas Vírgenes Estadounidenses, comenzando a las 12:01 a.m., hora local, efectivo el 1ro de marzo de 2015.

      NMFS announces a 90-day finding on a petition to list
      yellowtail damselfish (Microspathodon chrysurus) as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA)
      .  Federal Register /Vol. 80, No. 32 /Wednesday, February 18, 2015 /Notices

      In the Federal Register of February 2, 2015, Vol. 80, No. 21, on page 5515, in the third column, correct the ‘‘Dates’’ caption to read: ‘‘DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before April 3, 2015’’.

      The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

      FB15-004 - Seasonal Prohibition on Fishing for Red, Black, Tiger, Yellowfin, and Yellowedge Grouper in Caribbean Federal Waters and Seasonal Closure of Grammanik Bank off St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. NOAA Fisheries Reminds the public there is a seasonal prohibition on fishing for or possession of red, black, tiger, yellowfin, and yellowedge grouper in Caribbean federal waters from 12:01 a.m., local time, February 1 through April 30, 2015. This prohibition on possession does not apply to such grouper harvested and landed on shore prior to the closure.

      FB15-004 - Spanish Version - Temporada de veda para la pesca y posesión del mero rojo, negro (mero prieto), dientes de sable (tigre), guajil (mero pinto), y guajil amarillo, en las aguas federales del Caribe estadounidense y cierre de temporada en el área del Banco Grammanik en San Tomás, Islas Vírgenes Estadounidenses.  El Servicio Nacional de Pesquerías Marinas (NOAA Fisheries) desea recordarle al público en general sobre la temporada de veda para la pesca y posesión del mero rojo, negro (mero prieto), dientes de sable (tigre), guajil (mero pinto) y guajil amarillo en las aguas federales del Caribe Estadounidense, comenzando a las 12:01 a.m., hora local, desde el 1ro de febrero hasta el 30 de abril de 2015. Esta prohibición en la posesión de los meros, no aplica a aquellos meros capturados y desembarcados antes del tiempo de veda.

      January 2015

      FB15-001 - Southeast Region Electronic Monitoring and Reporting Implementation Plan 
      Available for Public Comment

      March 2015

      Southeast Region Draft Strategic Plan Available for Public Comment - NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office drafted a strategic plan for fiscal years 2016-2020.  This planning effort is one component of a national initiative directed by NOAA Fisheries to ensure the agency's regulatory and science programs are consistent, transparent, efficient, and effectively aligned with the agency's two core mandates: Productivity and sustainability of fisheries and fishing communities, Recovery and conservation of protected resources. 

      May 2015

      FB-035 - Seasonal prohibition on fishing for or possession of queen conch in Federal Waters off St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands begins on June 1, 2015, at 12:01 a.m., Local Time.

      FB-035 Sp - Temporada de veda para la pesca y posesión del carrucho en las aguas federales del Caribe estadounidense al este de Santa Cruz, Islas Vírgenes estadounidenses comienza a las 12:01 a.m. hora local, el 1ero de junio de 2015.

      November 2015

      FB15-085 - Reminder of Seasonal Fishing Restrictions in U.S. Caribbean Federal Waters Beginning December 1, 2015, at 12:01 a.m., Local Time.

      FB15-085SP - Restricciones de Área de Temporada para la Pesca en Aguas Federales del Caribe Estadounidense Comienzan a las 12:01 a.m., Hora Local, el 1ro de Diciembre de 2015.

      October 2015

      FB15-073 - Temporada de Veda para la Pesca y Posesión del Chillo Ojo Amarillo, Negrita, Besugo y Pargo Prieto en las Aguas Federales del Caribe Estadounidense, Comienza a las 12:01 a.m., hora local, el 1ro de Octubre de 2015

      FB15-073 SP -Temporada de Veda para la Pesca y Posesión de Peces de Arrecife Manejados por El Consejo de Administración Pesquera del Caribe en las Aguas Federales del Bajo de Sico, Comienza a las 12:01 a.m., hora local, el 1ro de Octubre de 2015

      FB15-072 - Seasonal Prohibition on Fishing for and Possession of Blackfin, Vermilion, Black, and Silk Snapper in U.S. Caribbean Federal Waters Begins October 1, 2015, at 12:01 a.m., Local Time

      FB15-072 SP - Temporada de Veda para la Pesca y Posesión del Chillo Ojo Amarillo, Negrita, Besugo y Pargo Prieto en las Aguas Federales del Caribe Estadounidense,
      Comienza a las 12:01 a.m., hora local, el 1ro de Octubre de 2015

      September 2015

      FB15-067 - NOAA Fisheries Reminds the Public of Current Fishing Regulations in Federal Waters off Western Puerto Rico at Bajo de Sico, Tourmaline Bank, and Abrir La Sierra Bank

      FB15-067 Sp - El Servicio Nacional de Pesquerías Marinas le Recuerda al Público sobre las Reglamentaciones de Pesca Vigentes en Aguas Federales en los Bancos de Pesca de Bajo de Sico, Tourmaline y Abrir La Sierra, al Oeste de Puerto Rico

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      January 2016

      FB16-03 - (English) 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.

      FB16-03 - (Español) Temporada de Veda para la Pesca y Posesión del Mero Rojo, Mero Negro (Mero Prieto), Dientes de Sable (Tigre), Guajil (Mero Pinto), y Guajil Amarillo, en las aguas Federales del Caribe Estadounidense y Cierre de Temporada en el Área del Banco Grammanik en San Tomás, Islas Vírgenes Estadounidenses.

      February 2016

      FB16-09 - (English) NOAA Fisheries Seeks Comments on a Proposal to Revise Accountability Measure Language in the U.S. Caribbean Fishery Management Plans. Comment period ends on April 4, 2016.

      FB16-09 - (Español) Administración Nacional Oceánica y Atmosférica (NOAA Fisheries, por su nombre en inglés) solicita comentarios sobre una propuesta para modificar el lenguaje sobre medidas de responsabilidad en los planes de manejo para pesquerías del Caribe estadounidense. El período de comentarios termina el 4 de abril de 2016.

      Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 23 / Thursday, February 4, 2016 / Proposed Rule

      March 2016

      FB16-012 - (English) NOAA Fisheries Seeks Comments on a Proposed Rule to Revise Accountability Measure Language in the U.S. Caribbean Fishery Management Plans  Comment Period Ends March 28, 2016

      FB16-012SP - (Español) La Administración Nacional Oceánica y Atmosférica (NOAA Fisheries, por su nombre en inglés) solicita comentarios sobre una reglamentación propuesta relacionada a las medidas de responsabilidad en los planes de manejo de pesquerías del Caribe estadounidense  El período de comentarios termina el 28 de marzo de 2016

      FB16-010 - (English) Annual Mutton Snapper Spawning Aggregation Seasonal Area Closure in Federal Waters off St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands Begins on March 1, 2016, at 12:01 a.m., Local Time.

      FB16-010 SP - (Español) Cierre de temporada anual en el Área de Desove de la Sama en aguas federales del Caribe Estadounidense al sudoeste de Santa Cruz, Islas Vírgenes Estadounidenses, comenzando a las 12:01 a.m., hora local, efectivo el 1ro de marzo de 2016.

      April 2016

      FB16-20 - Seasonal Prohibition on Fishing for or Possession of Mutton and Lane Snapper in U.S. Caribbean Federal Waters Begins on April 1, 2016, at 12:01 a.m., Local Time.

      FB16-20S - Temporada de veda para la pesca y posesión de la sama y el arrayao en las aguas federales del Caribe Estadounidense, comenzando a las 12:01 a.m., hora local, efectivo el 1ro de abril de 2016.

      June 2016

      FB 16-43 - NOAA Fisheries Lists Nassau Grouper as Threatened under the Endangered Species Act

      FB 16-43 SP - El Servicio Nacional de Pesquerías Marinas lista al mero cherna (Nassau) como especie amenazada bajo la Ley Federal de Especies en Peligro de Extinción

       Federal Register Notice - NMFS implements accountability measures (AMs) for species and species groups in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the U.S. Caribbean off Puerto Rico for the 2016 fishing year through this temporary rule. NMFS has determined that annual catch limits (ACLs) in the EEZ off Puerto Rico were exceeded for spiny lobster; the commercial sectors for triggerfish and filefish, wrasses, Snapper Unit 2, and parrotfishes; and the recreational sector for jacks, based on average landings during the 2012–2014 fishing years. This temporary rule reduces the lengths of the 2016 fishing seasons for these species and species groups by the amounts necessary to ensure that landings do not exceed the applicable ACLs in 2016. NMFS closes the applicable sectors for these species and species groups beginning on the dates specified below (in the DATES section) and continuing until the end of the fishing year, December 31, 2016. These AMs are necessary to protect the Caribbean reef fish and spiny lobster resources in the EEZ off Puerto Rico.

      This rule is effective June 30, 2016, until 12:01 a.m., local time, January 1, 2017. The AMs apply in the EEZ off Puerto Rico for the following species and species groups, and fishing sectors, at the times and dates specified below, until 12:01 a.m., local time, January 1, 2017.
      • Triggerfish and filefish, combined (commercial) effective at 12:01 a.m., local time, October 16, 2016;
      • Jacks (recreational) effective at12:01 a.m., local time, November 4, 2016;
      • Wrasses (commercial) effective at12:01 a.m., local time, November 16, 2016;
      • Snapper Unit 2 (commercial) effective at 12:01 a.m., local time, November 26, 2016;
      • Spiny lobster (commercial and recreational) effective at 12:01 a.m., local time, December 10, 2016;
      • Parrotfishes (commercial) effective at 12:01 a.m., local time, December 19, 2016.

      FB16-38 - Reduced Fishing Season Lengths for Several Species and Species Groups in Federal Waters around Puerto Rico for the 2016 Fishing Year

      FB16-38SP - Reducción en la duración de las temporadas de pesca para varias especies y grupos de especies en las aguas federales de Puerto Rico para el año 2016

      MFS issues this final rule to implement measures described in Amendment 7 to the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for the Reef Fish Fishery of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) (Reef Fish FMP), Amendment 6 to the FMP for the Spiny Lobster Fishery of Puerto Rico and the USVI (Spiny Lobster FMP), Amendment 5 to the FMP for Corals and Reef Associated Plants and Invertebrates of Puerto Rico and the USVI (Coral FMP), and Amendment 4 to the FMP for the Queen Conch Resources of Puerto Rico and the USVI (Queen Conch FMP), as prepared by the Caribbean Fishery Management Council (Council). This final rule is effective June 10, 2016.

      FB16-31 - Seasonal Prohibition on Fishing for or Possession of Queen Conch in Federal Waters off St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, begins on June 1, 2016, at 12:01 a.m. local time.

      FB16-31SP - La temporada de veda para la pesca y posesión del carrucho en las aguas 
      Federales del Caribe Estadounidense al este de Santa Cruz, Islas Vírgenes 
      Estadounidenses, comienza el 1ero de junio de 2016, a las 12:01 a. m. hora local.

      FB16-30 - NOAA Fisheries Announces New Regulations Revising Accountability Measure Language in the U.S. Caribbean Fishery Management Plans. Regulations will be effective on June 10, 2016.

      FB16-30SP - La Administración Nacional Oceánica y Atmosférica (NOAA Fisheries, por su nombre en inglés) anuncia la nueva reglamentación relacionada a las medidas de responsabilidad en los planes de manejo de pesquerías del Caribe estadounidense. Esta reglamentación será efectiva el 10 de junio de 2016.

      September 2016

      FB16-64 - Seasonal Prohibition on Fishing for and Possession of Caribbean Council-Managed Reef Fish in Federal Waters of Bajo de Sico begins on October 1, 2016, at 12:01 a.m., Local Time

      FB16-64 SP - La Pesca Comercial de Peces Peje Puercos y Lijas en aguas federales de Puerto Rico estará cerrada desde el 16 de octubre de 2016

      FB 16-63 - Commercial Harvest of Triggerfish and Filefish in Puerto Rico Federal Waters will close on October 16, 2016, at 12:01 a.m., Local Time

      FB 16-63 SP - La Pesca Comercial de Peces Peje Puercos y Lijas en aguas federales de Puerto Rico estará cerrada desde el 16 de octubre de 2016

      FB 16-62 - Seasonal Prohibition on Fishing for and Possession of Blackfin, Vermilion,

      Black, and Silk Snapper in U.S. Caribbean Federal Waters Begins October 1, 2016, at 12:01 a.m., Local Time

      FB 16-62 SP -Temporada de Veda para la Pesca y Posesión del Chillo Ojo Amarillo, Negrita, Besugo y Pargo Prieto en las Aguas Federales del Caribe Estadounidense, Comienza a las 12:01 a.m., hora local, el 1ro de Octubre de 2016.

      November 2016

      FB16-78 - Reminder of Seasonal Fishing Restrictions in U.S. Caribbean Federal Waters Beginning December 1, 2016, at 12:01 a.m., Local Time

      FB16-78SP -Restricciones de área de temporada para la pesca en aguas federales del Caribe Estadounidense comienzan a las 12:01 a.m., hora local, el 1ro de diciembre de 2016

      FB16-77- Commercial Harvest of Snapper Unit 2 (Queen and Cardinal Snappers) in Puerto Rico Federal Waters will close on November 26, 2016

      FB16-77 SP - La pesca comercial de la Unidad de Pargos 2 (cartucho y muniama de afuera) en aguas federales de Puerto Rico estará cerrada desde el 26 de noviembre de 2016

      FB16-073 - Recreational Harvest of Jacks in Puerto Rico Federal Waters will close on November 4, 2016. Commercial Harvest of Wrasses in Puerto Rico Federal Waters will close on November 16, 2016

      FB16-073 SP - Cierre a la pesca recreativa de jureles en aguas federales de Puerto Rico comienza el 4 de noviembre de 2016. Cierre a la pesca comercial de lábridos en aguas federales de Puerto Rico comienza el 16 de noviembre de 2016.

      December 2016

      FB16-89 - Commercial Harvest of the Parrotfish Species Group in Federal Waters off Puerto Rico will Close on December 19, 2016

      FB16-89 SP - La pesca comercial del grupo de especies cotorros (loros) en aguas federales de Puerto Rico estará cerrada desde el 19 de diciembre de 201

      FB16-86 - Commercial and Recreational Harvest of Spiny Lobster in Federal Waters off Puerto Rico will Close on December 10, 2016

      FB16-86 SP - La pesca comercial y recreativa de la langosta espinosa en aguas federalesNde Puerto Rico estará cerrada desde el 10 de diciembre de 2016

    • 2017 Fishery Bulletins, Federal Register Notices & Announcements

       Note: In order for you to receive the Southeast Fishery Bulletins via e-mail, please follow these instructions: Sign up through Constant Contact at http://bit.ly/HQDUEU. You may also sign up for Constant Contact by visiting their Web site http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov (sign-up option is located on the left side of the page). The electronic copy of the bulletin will be delivered to you faster than the paper copy, is in color, features informational links, and reduces paper use. If you have any questions, please let us know.

      Nota: Para recibir los boletines de pesca por correo electrónico, suscríbase a Constant Contact en http://bit.ly/HQDUEU. También puede hacerlo visitando la página http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov (la opción está localizada al lado izquierdo de la página).

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      July 2017

      FB17-37 ENG - Reduced 2017 Fishing Season Lengths for the Harvest of Species and Species Groups in Federal Waters off Puerto Rico

      FB17-37 SP - Reducción en la duración de la temporada de pesca de varias especies y grupos de especies en aguas federales alrededor de Puerto Rico para el año 2017

      May 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

      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

      April 2017

      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.

      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.

      March 2017

      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

      February 2017

      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 Estadounidense.

      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

      January 2017

      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

      Notice of availability; request for comments. 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.

      DRAFT - FMP Amendment to Accountability Measures - ver 4 - 2016

      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

     

    • Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; 2006 Consolidated Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Fishery Management Plan; Amendment 7; Final Rule

      NMFS will host two public webinars to provide the opportunity toexplain management measures and effective dates in the final rule for Amendment 7 to the 2006 Consolidated Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Fishery Management Plan (FMP) (Amendment 7), which published December 2, 2014.

      QC WORKING GROUP of WECAF - 2ND MEETING, November 18-20, 2014 in Panama City, Panama

      The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announced a 12 month finding and listing determination on a petition to list the queen conch (Strombus gigas) as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  NMFS have concluded that the queen conch is not currently in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range nor is it not likely to become so within the foreseeable future. Please refer to the Federal Register attached notice for the details.

      CFMC Report on the 150th Regular Meeting

      Fuete y Verguilla - St Croix Special Edition (English Version(Versión en Español) Publication by Sea Grant College Program and the Interdisciplinary Center for Coastal Studies (CIEL, in Spanish) of the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus

      The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announces the availability for public review of the Draft Recovery Plan (Plan) for elkhorn coral (Acropora palmata) and staghorn coral (Acropora cervicornis).

      NAUTILUS EXPEDITION is back in the Caribbean

      Current Federal Regulations in Abrir La Sierra Bank, Bajo de Sico, and Tourmaline Bank Remain in Effect Until Further Notice    (Spanish version)

      Orientation Meeting / Reunion para Orientacion

      Thursday, September 11, 2014 /jueves, 11 de septiembre de 2014 - 3:00pm - 6:00pm, Museo de los Próceres dentro del Complejo Deportivo Rebekah Colberg, Carr. 312, km 0.2 , Cabo Rojo, PR

      NOAA Seeks Public Comment for a Proposed Rule to List Nassau Grouper as Threatened under the Endangered Species Act

      Orientation Meeting / Reunion para Orientacion

      Thursday, September 11, 2014 /jueves, 11 de septiembre de 2014 - 3:00pm - 6:00pm, Museo de los Próceres dentro del Complejo Deportivo Rebekah Colberg, Carr. 312, km 0.2 , Cabo Rojo, PR

      U.S. Commerce Department announces 2014 regional fishery council appointments

      Dont Stop Talking Fish - Event was totally sucessful! In celebration of USVI fisheries heritage and culture, on Saturday June 28 at the close of the Territorially designated Fisher Appreciation Week, the first ever FREE Don't Stop Talking Fish Family Fun Day and Cultural Event (a Marine Outreach and Education USVI Style project) took place from 2p-12am at Camp Arawak, Great Pond, the current location of the St. Croix East End Marine Park office! Over 500 people came out in support of OUR USVI fisheries resources and fishers! We made front page news in the St. Croix Avis (June 29), VI Daily News (June 30) and VI Source online (June 29)! There was also an editorial in the St. Croix Avis (June 29) commending the event and its aim.

      Thanks for your participation and support. Looking forward to the next one, hopefully in St. Thomas, June 27, 2015.

                                   

      National Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Policy

      Supplemental Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare a draft environmental impact statement (DEIS); reopening of comment period:

      Puerto Rico

      STX, USVI

      STT/STJ, USVI

      Interagency Cooperation — Endangered Species Act of 1973, as Amended; Definition of Destruction or Adverse Modification of Critical Habitat.
      FWS and NMFS propose to amend regulations, which implements the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act).

      Listing Endangered and Threatened Species and Designating Critical Habitat; Implementing Changes to the Regulations for Designating Critical Habitat

           
      Dont Stop Talking Fish
       -The “Don’t Stop Talking Fish” Workshop and Family Fun Day is a collaboration between the USVI Department of Planning and Natural Resources and NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program to build community awareness and knowledge pertaining to the fisheries management process, the roles of management agencies, and the most recent fisheries rules and regulations. The goal of the workshop is to set a venue for both the fishing community and broader community to learn about fisheries management and celebrate the USVI fisheries culture. 

      Latest Newsletter

      Spawning Aggregations Outreach Tools - links

      New Factsheets

      Summary of Commercial and Recreational Fishing Regulations for the U.S. Caribbean Exclusive Economic Zone

      Summary of Commercial and Recreational Fishing Regulations in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) off Puerto Rico / Spanish

      Summary of Commercial and Recreational Fishing Regulations in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) off the United States Virgin Islands Spanish

    • NEXT CFMC REGULAR MEETINGS - 2015

      December 15-16 - meeting will be in St Thomas, USVI.

      CFMC STATEMENT OF ORGANIZATION, PRACTICES AND PROCEDURES, APPENDIX II, DISTRICT ADVISORY PANELS (Puerto Rico, St. Croix, and St. Thomas-St. John

       Boletín Especial ABT - Vista Pública relacionada con las Medidas de Manejo propuestas para Abrir la Sierra, Bajo de Sico y Tourmaline

      Southeast Region Finalizes Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2016-2020

      NOAA's popular NOAA Extreme Weather Information Sheets (NEWIS) have been updated for 2015.  These Sheets provide phone numbers and websites for contacting government officials and monitoring information resources before, during, and after potentially life-threatening weather situations.  

      Sheets are available free of charge (http://www.ncddc.noaa.gov/activities/weather-ready-nation/newis/) for coastal Alabama, Florida Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas, as well as for Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Hawaii.

      Sargassum Invades St. Thomas

      FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICE - NMFS announced the adoption of a Final Endangered Species Act recovery plan for elkhorn coral and staghorn corals. Electronic copies of the Plan are available on the NMFS Web site at and on the SERO Web

      The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District, announces the availability of funds for Seagrass Conservation Projects through the Puerto Rico Seagrass Fund. Proposals are due by May 21st.

      For more information and to apply, please visit the Puerto Rico Seagrass Fund - Seagrass Conservation Projects Request for Proposals webpage

      National Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Implementation Plan 2015-2018

      NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer: Océano Profundo 2015: Exploring Puerto Rico’s Seamounts, Trenches, and Troughs

      Southeast Region Draft Strategic Plan Available for Public Comment - NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office drafted a strategic plan for fiscal years 2016-2020.  This planning effort is one component of a national initiative directed by NOAA Fisheries to ensure the agency's regulatory and science programs are consistent, transparent, efficient, and effectively aligned with the agency's two core mandates: Productivity and sustainability of fisheries and fishing communities, Recovery and conservation of protected resources.

      Magnuson-Stevens Act – Ongoing Reauthorization Activities

      NMFS announces a 90-day finding on a petition to list
      yellowtail damselfish (Microspathodon chrysurus) as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA)
      .  Federal Register /Vol. 80, No. 32 /Wednesday, February 18, 2015 /Notices

      NMFS is releasing the draft NMFS Climate Science Strategy (NCSS) for public review and comment. Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 15 / Friday, January 23, 2015 / Notices

      NMFS announces the availability of the NOAA Restoration Center Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement. Publication of this notice begins the public comment period for this Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (DPEIS).

      Funding Opportunity Federal Register /Vol. 80, No. 19 /Thursday, January 29, 2015 /Notices

      FY 2015 Habitat Blueprint - Coastal and Marine Habitat Focus Area Grants for Biscayne Bay, FL, Puerto Rico’s Northeast Reserves and Culebra Island, and Kachemak Bay, AK.

      In the Federal Register of February 2, 2015, Vol. 80, No. 21, on page 5515, in the third column, correct the ‘‘Dates’’ caption to read: ‘‘DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before April 3, 2015’’.

      The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

      NOAA has chosen two sites in the Southeast and Caribbean Region as the next Habitat Focus Areas under NOAA’s Habitat Blueprint.

    • For next meeting schedule, please go to Meetings Calendar.

      2016 Announcements, Notices and Bulletins, please go to Federal Register Notices, Fishery Bulletins and Announcements.

       NOAA Fisheries announces new text message alert program  NOAA Fisheries Southeast is pleased to announce the introduction of our new text message alert program.  The program will allow you to sign up to receive important fishery related alerts via text message.
      To receive important fishery related alerts via text message, including:

      Immediate fishery openings and closures,

      And any significant changes to fishing regulations that happen quickly

      Opt-in for one or more of the following groups. Standard message & data rates may apply. You may opt-out at any time.

      Gulf of Mexico Recreational Fisheries: Text GULFRECFISH to 888777

      Gulf of Mexico Commercial Fisheries: Text GULFCOMMFISH to 888777

      South Atlantic Recreational Fisheries: Text SATLRECFISH to 888777

      South Atlantic Commercial Fisheries: Text SATLCOMMFISH to 888777

      Caribbean Fisheries: Text CARIBFISH to 888777

      NMFS implements accountability measures (AMs) for species and species groups in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the U.S. Caribbean off Puerto Rico for the 2016 fishing year through this temporary rule. NMFS has determined that annual catch limits (ACLs) in the EEZ off Puerto Rico were exceeded for spiny lobster; the commercial sectors for triggerfish and filefish, wrasses, Snapper Unit 2, and parrotfishes; and the recreational sector for jacks, based on average landings during the 2012–2014 fishing years.

      This temporary rule reduces the lengths of the 2016 fishing seasons for these species and species groups by the amounts necessary to ensure that landings do not exceed the applicable ACLs in 2016. NMFS closes the applicable sectors for these species and species groups beginning on the dates specified below (in the DATES section) and continuing until the end of the fishing year, December 31, 2016. These AMs are necessary to protect the Caribbean reef fish and spiny lobster resources in the EEZ off Puerto Rico.

      This rule is effective June 30, 2016, until 12:01 a.m., local time, January 1, 2017. The AMs apply in the EEZ off Puerto Rico for the following species and species groups, and fishing sectors, at the times and dates specified below, until 12:01 a.m., local time, January 1, 2017.
      • Triggerfish and filefish, combined (commercial) effective at 12:01 a.m., local time, October 16, 2016;
      • Jacks (recreational) effective at12:01 a.m., local time, November 4, 2016;
      • Wrasses (commercial) effective at12:01 a.m., local time, November 16, 2016;
      • Snapper Unit 2 (commercial) effective at 12:01 a.m., local time, November 26, 2016;
      • Spiny lobster (commercial and recreational) effective at 12:01 a.m., local time, December 10, 2016;
      • Parrotfishes (commercial) effective at 12:01 a.m., local time, December 19, 2016.

      The National Marine Fisheries Service proposes a rule to implement the requirement under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act that all fishery management plans (FMPs) establish a standardized reporting methodology to assess the amount and type of bycatch occurring in a fishery. Federal Register /Vol. 81, No. 37 /Thursday, February 25, 2016 / Proposed Rules

      2016 FISHERY BULLETINS AND FEDERAL REGISTER

       FB16-89 - Commercial Harvest of the Parrotfish Species Group in Federal Waters
      off Puerto Rico will Close on December 19, 2016

      FB16-89 SP - La pesca comercial del grupo de especies cotorros (loros) en aguas federales de Puerto Rico estará cerrada desde el 19 de diciembre de 2016

      FB16-86 - Commercial and Recreational Harvest of Spiny Lobster in Federal Waters off Puerto Rico will Close on December 10, 2016

      FB16-86 SP - La pesca comercial y recreativa de la langosta espinosa en aguas federalesNde Puerto Rico estará cerrada desde el 10 de diciembre de 2016

      FB16-78 - Reminder of Seasonal Fishing Restrictions in U.S. Caribbean Federal Waters Beginning December 1, 2016, at 12:01 a.m., Local Time

      FB16-78SP -Restricciones de área de temporada para la pesca en aguas federales del Caribe Estadounidense
      comienzan a las 12:01 a.m., hora local, el 1ro de diciembre de 2016

      FB16-77- Commercial Harvest of Snapper Unit 2 (Queen and Cardinal Snappers) in Puerto Rico Federal Waters will close on November 26, 2016

      FB16-77 SP - La pesca comercial de la Unidad de Pargos 2 (cartucho y muniama de afuera) en aguas federales de Puerto Rico estará cerrada desde el 26 de noviembre de 2016

      FB16-073 - Recreational Harvest of Jacks in Puerto Rico Federal Waters will close on November 4, 2016. Commercial Harvest of Wrasses in Puerto Rico Federal Waters will close on November 16, 2016

      FB16-073 SP - Cierre a la pesca recreativa de jureles en aguas federales de Puerto Rico comienza el 4 de noviembre de 2016. Cierre a la pesca comercial de lábridos en aguas federales de Puerto Rico comienza el 16 de noviembre de 2016.

      FB16-64 - Seasonal Prohibition on Fishing for and Possession of Caribbean Council-Managed Reef Fish in Federal Waters of Bajo de Sico begins on October 1, 2016, at 12:01 a.m., Local Time

      FB16-64 SP - La Pesca Comercial de Peces Peje Puercos y Lijas en aguas federales de Puerto Rico estará cerrada desde el 16 de octubre de 2016

      FB 16-63 - Commercial Harvest of Triggerfish and Filefish in Puerto Rico Federal Waters will close on October 16, 2016, at 12:01 a.m., Local Time

      FB 16-63 SP - La Pesca Comercial de Peces Peje Puercos y Lijas en aguas federales de Puerto Rico estará cerrada desde el 16 de octubre de 2016

      FB 16-62 - Seasonal Prohibition on Fishing for and Possession of Blackfin, Vermilion, Black, and Silk Snapper in U.S. Caribbean Federal Waters Begins October 1, 2016, at 12:01 a.m., Local Time

      FB 16-62 SP -Temporada de Veda para la Pesca y Posesión del Chillo Ojo Amarillo, Negrita, Besugo y Pargo Prieto en las Aguas Federales del Caribe Estadounidense, Comienza a las 12:01 a.m., hora local, el 1ro de Octubre de 2016

      FB 16-43 - NOAA Fisheries Lists Nassau Grouper as Threatened under the Endangered Species Act

      FB 16-43 SP - El Servicio Nacional de Pesquerías Marinas lista al mero cherna (Nassau) como especie amenazada bajo la Ley Federal de Especies en Peligro de Extinción

      Federal Register Notice -NMFS implements accountability measures (AMs) for species and species groups in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the U.S. Caribbean off Puerto Rico for the 2016 fishing year through this temporary rule. NMFS has determined that annual catch limits (ACLs) in the EEZ off Puerto Rico were exceeded for spiny lobster; the commercial sectors for triggerfish and filefish, wrasses, Snapper Unit 2, and parrotfishes; and the recreational sector for jacks, based on average landings during the 2012–2014 fishing years. This temporary rule reduces the lengths of the 2016 fishing seasons for these species and species groups by the amounts necessary to ensure that landings do not exceed the applicable ACLs in 2016. NMFS closes the applicable sectors for these species and species groups beginning on the dates specified below (in the DATES section) and continuing until the end of the fishing year, December 31, 2016. These AMs are necessary to protect the Caribbean reef fish and spiny lobster resources in the EEZ off Puerto Rico.

      This rule is effective June 30, 2016, until 12:01 a.m., local time, January 1, 2017. The AMs apply in the EEZ off Puerto Rico for the following species and species groups, and fishing sectors, at the times and dates specified below, until 12:01 a.m., local time, January 1, 2017.
      • Triggerfish and filefish, combined (commercial) effective at 12:01 a.m., local time, October 16, 2016;
      • Jacks (recreational) effective at12:01 a.m., local time, November 4, 2016;
      • Wrasses (commercial) effective at12:01 a.m., local time, November 16, 2016;
      • Snapper Unit 2 (commercial) effective at 12:01 a.m., local time, November 26, 2016;
      • Spiny lobster (commercial and recreational) effective at 12:01 a.m., local time, December 10, 2016;
      • Parrotfishes (commercial) effective at 12:01 a.m., local time, December 19, 2016.

      NMFS issues this final rule to implement measures described in Amendment 7 to the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for the Reef Fish Fishery of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) (Reef Fish FMP), Amendment 6 to the FMP for the Spiny Lobster Fishery of Puerto Rico and the USVI (Spiny Lobster FMP), Amendment 5 to the FMP for Corals and Reef Associated Plants and Invertebrates of Puerto Rico and the USVI (Coral FMP), and Amendment 4 to the FMP for the Queen Conch Resources of Puerto Rico and the USVI (Queen Conch FMP), as prepared by the Caribbean Fishery Management Council (Council).
      This final rule is effective June 10, 2016.

      FB16-38 - Reduced Fishing Season Lengths for Several Species and Species Groups in Federal Waters around Puerto Rico for the 2016 Fishing Year

      FB16-38SP - Reducción en la duración de las temporadas de pesca para varias especies y grupos de especies en las aguas federales de Puerto Rico para el año 2016

      FB16-31 - Seasonal Prohibition on Fishing for or Possession of Queen Conch in Federal Waters off St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, begins on June 1, 2016, at 12:01 a.m. local time.

      FB16-31SP - La temporada de veda para la pesca y posesión del carrucho en las aguas Federales del Caribe Estadounidense al este de Santa Cruz, Islas Vírgenes 
      Estadounidenses, comienza el 1ero de junio de 2016, a las 12:01 a. m. hora local.

      FB16-30 - NOAA Fisheries Announces New Regulations Revising Accountability Measure Language in the U.S. Caribbean Fishery Management Plans. Regulations will be effective on June 10, 2016.

      FB16-30SP - La Administración Nacional Oceánica y Atmosférica (NOAA Fisheries, por su nombre en inglés) anuncia la nueva reglamentación relacionada a las medidas de responsabilidad en los planes de manejo de pesquerías del Caribe estadounidense. Esta reglamentación será efectiva el 10 de junio de 2016.

      FB16-20 - Seasonal Prohibition on Fishing for or Possession of Mutton and Lane Snapper in U.S. Caribbean Federal Waters Begins on April 1, 2016, at 12:01 a.m., Local Time.

      FB16-20S - Temporada de veda para la pesca y posesión de la sama y el arrayao en las aguas federales del Caribe Estadounidense, comenzando a las 12:01 a.m., hora local, efectivo el 1ro de abril de 2016.

      FB16-012 - (English) NOAA Fisheries Seeks Comments on a Proposed Rule to Revise Accountability Measure Language in the U.S. Caribbean Fishery Management Plans  Comment Period Ends March 28, 2016.

      FB16-012SP - (Español) La Administración Nacional Oceánica y Atmosférica (NOAA Fisheries, por su nombre en inglés) solicita comentarios sobre una reglamentación propuesta relacionada a las medidas de responsabilidad en los planes de manejo de pesquerías del Caribe estadounidense  El período de comentarios termina el 28 de marzo de 2016

      FB16-010 - (English) Annual Mutton Snapper Spawning Aggregation Seasonal Area Closure in Federal Waters off St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands Begins on March 1, 2016, at 12:01 a.m., Local Time.

      FB16-010 SP - (Español) Cierre de temporada anual en el Área de Desove de la Sama en aguas federales del Caribe Estadounidense al sudoeste de Santa Cruz, Islas Vírgenes Estadounidenses, comenzando a las 12:01 a.m., hora local, efectivo el 1ro de marzo de 2016.

      FB16-09 - (English) NOAA Fisheries Seeks Comments on a Proposal to Revise Accountability Measure Language in the U.S. Caribbean Fishery Management Plans. Comment period ends on April 4, 2016.

      FB16-09 - (Español) Administración Nacional Oceánica y Atmosférica (NOAA Fisheries, por su nombre en inglés) solicita comentarios sobre una propuesta para modificar el lenguaje sobre medidas de responsabilidad en los planes de manejo para pesquerías del Caribe estadounidense. El período de comentarios termina el 4 de abril de 2016.

      FB16-03 - (English) 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

      FB16-03 - (Español) Temporada de Veda para la Pesca y Posesión del Mero Rojo, Mero Negro (Mero Prieto), Dientes de Sable (Tigre), Guajil (Mero Pinto), y Guajil Amarillo, en las aguas Federales del Caribe Estadounidense y Cierre de Temporada en el Área del Banco Grammanik en San Tomás, Islas Vírgenes Estadounidenses

      The Caribbean Fishery Management Council and NOAA Fisheries announce the availability of the Comprehensive Amendment to the U.S. Caribbean Fishery Management Plans: Application of Accountability Measures for public review. The public comment period will be open until April 4, 2016. If you would like to see the amendment, obtain more information about this action, and/or submit comments, please follow this link: http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2015-0124-0001

      You can also download the amendment document here.

      http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2015-0124-0005

      Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 38 / Friday, February 26, 2016 / Proposed Rules

      Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 23 / Thursday, February 4, 2016 / Proposed Rules

      El Servicio Nacional de Pesquerías Marinas y el Consejo de Administración Pesquera del Caribe anuncian la disponibilidad del documento "Enmienda Comprensiva a los Planes de Manejo de Pesquerías del Caribe Estadounidense: Aplicación de Medidas de Responsabilidad" para obtener comentarios del público. El período para someter comentarios sobre esta Enmienda estará abierto hasta el 4 de abril de 2016. Si desea obtener copiar de la Enmienda, obtener más información sobre esta acción y/o someter comentarios, por favor visite:

      http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2015-0124-0001

      Puede descargar el documento aqui.

      http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2015-0124-0005

      Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 38 / Friday, February 26, 2016 / Proposed Rules

      Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 23 / Thursday, February 4, 2016 / Proposed Rules

        La pesca incidental se puede convertir en la pesca del día lo cual contribuye a la sustentabilidad de las especies.

      Aquí el link- http://www.pewtrusts.org/es/research-and-analysis/analysis/2016/01/12/msa-40-local-and-sustainable-sushi

      La innovación y los adelantos tecnológicos han dado paso a realizar investigaciones en lugares diversos y poder identificar hábitats con mayor facilidad lo cual contribuye a alimentar la toma de decisiones en el manejo de las pesquerías. Conoce algunos ejemplos y cómo han ayudado a los Consejos de Pesca en diferentes regiones. Como siempre los exhorto a compartir la información con sus colegas y en las redes sociales.

      http://www.pewtrusts.org/es/research-and-analysis/analysis/2015/08/18/innovations-transform-how-scientists-identify-important-ocean-habitats

      Puerto Rico, St.Thomas/St.John and St. Croix…three different islands and three different food experiences in the U.S. Caribbean. Learn how fishery managers are tailoring fishing rules to the unique habits, culture, and seafood preferencesof its diverse people and locations.

      Puerto Rico, St. Thomas/St. John y Santa Cruz…tres islas diferentes y tres gastronomías diferentes en el Caribe estadounidense. Conoce como los manejadores de pesca están diseñando reglamentos pesqueros para los hábitats únicos de cada isla, las diversas costumbres, culturas y preferencias del público.

       

      Los lugares de agregación de los peces tienen un valor incalculable para el funcionamiento del ecosistema marino y el Caribe no es excepción. Conoce más sobre los sitios donde desovan los peces.

      Fish spawning sites boost healthy fish populations and improves the recovery of declining ocean species. Learn more about these sites.

       

    • For next meeting schedule, please go to Meetings Calendar.

      2017 Announcements, Notices and Bulletins, please go to Federal Register Notices, Fishery Bulletins and Announcements.

      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.

      Notice of availability; request for comments. 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.

      DRAFT - FMP Amendment to Accountability Measures - ver 4 - 2016

      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

      FB17-37 ENG - Reduced 2017 Fishing Season Lengths for the Harvest of Species and Species Groups in Federal Waters off Puerto Rico

      FB17-37 SP - Reducción en la duración de la temporada de pesca de varias especies y grupos de especies en aguas federales alrededor de Puerto Rico para el año 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