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November 1, 2009

Recreational fishery for vermilion snapper closed Nov. 1

In July 2009, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries Service implemented measures to establish a November-March recreational closure for the vermilion snapper fishery. The recreational fishery for vermilion snapper in the South Atlantic (North Carolina to the Florida Keys) federal and South Carolina state waters is closed, effective 12:01 a.m. (local time) Nov. 1, 2009,vermilion snapper through March 31, 2010. 
           
Closure of the recreational fishery for vermilion snapper in the South Atlantic complies with regulations
implementing the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region and is necessary to end overfishing of vermilion snapper.
           
All recreational harvest or possession of vermilion snapper in or from South Atlantic federal
waters is prohibited. This closure applies to private recreational fishermen, as well as any person on board a vessel that has been issued a South Atlantic Charter/Headboat Permit for Snapper-Grouper. The closure also applies to vermilion snapper taken in South Atlantic state waters for any person on board a vessel possessing a South Atlantic Charter/Headboat Permit for Snapper-Grouper.
           
Purchase a South Carolina fishing license by calling toll-free 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-866-714-3611. Find out more about saltwater fishing regulations.

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