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GA cannonball jellyfish trawl

Current Classification on the 2017 LOF

Category III
Estimated Number of Participants 1
Target Species Cannonball Jellyfish
Applicable Take Reduction Plans N/A
Observer Coverage N/A
Marine Mammal Species/Stocks Killed or Injured Bottlenose Dolphin (SC/GA)

^ Number of participants estimates are based on state and federal fisheries permit data.  The estimated number of participants is expressed in terms of the number of active participants in the fishery, when possible.  If this information is not available, the estimated number of vessels or persons licensed for a particular fishery is provided.  If no recent information is available on the number of participants, then the number from the most recent LOF is used.  NMFS acknowledges that, in some cases, these estimations may be inflating actual effort.  

*Observer coverage levels include the latest information reported in the most current final Stock Assessment Report (SAR)

1Indicates the stock or species is driving the classification of the fishery 

Note: Current classification based on final LOF, no proposed changes are reflected in this table.

Basis for Current Classification

Listed as Category III based on commercial fishery permit.  No observer, logbook, or stranding data are available.


Fishing occurs in state and federal waters in and adjacent to FL, GA, and SC.  Season is open year round but typically targeted in peak spring and fall seasons.

Gear Description

Trawl nets must have a minimum of 4” mesh size and be equipped (at least in GA, SC) with a TED.  Many GA trawlers target cannonball jellyfish in Federal waters to avoid state regulations requiring a TED.  Trawl times are typically less than 30 minutes.




Historical Information

Original Category (Year added to the LOF) III (2007)
Original Number of Participants 1
Basis for Original Classification Experimental mid­water trawl fishery operating in state and Federal waters that requires a permit and the use of a TED. Less than 5% of the fishery has been assessed for the last several years combined.
Past Names N/A
Species/stocks historically documented as killed or injured (but not currently on the list) N/A


Timeline of Changes

  • Added bottlenose dolphins (Southern SC/GA) based on observed mortalities from April 2011 and March 2012

Updated December 14, 2016