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Southeastern U.S. Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico golden crab trap/pot

Current Classification on the 2017 LOF

Category III
Estimated Number of Participants 10
Target Species Golden Crab
Applicable Take Reduction Plans N/A
Observer Coverage N/A
Marine Mammal Species/Stocks Killed or Injured None documented

^ 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

NMFS has no documentation of interactions with marine mammals.  The gear used in this fishery rarely uses buoy lines to the surface, so NMFS feels it is unlikely to result in entanglement.

Distribution

This fishery operates in the Southeastern U.S. Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico.

Gear Description

Four to six large traps are attached approximately 140 to 180 meters apart to a ground line which is fitted with concrete weights on each end. The gear used in this fishery rarely uses buoy lines to the surface. Each trap has long soak times.

Management

The Golden Crab Fishery Management Plan by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council. Combines traditional fishery management measures with controlled access.

 

Historical Information

Original Category (Year added to the LOF) III (2001)
Original Number of Participants 10
Basis for Original Classification NMFS has no documentation of interactions with
marine mammals.  The gear used in this fishery rarely uses buoy lines to the surface, so NMFS
feels it is unlikely to result in entanglement.
Past Names N/A
Species/stocks historically documented as killed or injured (but not currently on the list) N/A


 

Updated December 14, 2016