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NOAA Fisheries Announces Protected Species Release, Disentanglement, and Identification Workshops to be held in April, May, and June 2014

March 7, 2014

Shark and swordfish limited access permit holders and applicants for permit transfers who fish with longline or gillnet gear, must submit a copy of their Protected Species Release, Disentanglement, and Identification Workshop certificate in order to renew or transfer either a shark limited access and/or a swordfish limited access permit (71 FR 58057; October 2, 2006). Vessel operators are required to possess on board the vessel valid workshop certificates for both the vessel owner and operator at all times.

IMPORTANT NOTE - Workshop certificates that were initially issued in 2011 will be expiring. Vessel owners whose certificates are expiring must attend a workshop and obtain a new certificate prior to permit renewal. Vessel operators must possess valid workshop certificates on board for both the vessel owner and operator.

Who Must Attend?

Vessel owners and operators using longline or gillnet gear and holding, or applying for, one or
more of the following permits:

Purpose of Workshops


All workshops will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Date Location Address City State Zip Code
4/10/2014 Holiday Inn 151 Route 72 East Manahawkin NJ 08050
4/29/2014 Hilton Garden Inn 5353 North Virginia Dare Trail Kitty Hawk NC 27949
5/7/2014 Hilton Inn 901 Airline Drive Kenner LA 70062
5/14/2014 Hilton Garden Inn 1 Thurber Street Warwick RI 02886
6/3/2014 Hilton Garden Inn 55 Town Center Boulevard Palm Coast FL 32164
6/27/2014 Clarion Inn 3845 Veterans Memorial Highway Ronkonkoma NY 11779


What to Bring?

To ensure that the workshop certificate is linked to the correct permit, please bring the following items to the workshop:

Individual Vessel Owner:

Representative of a Business or Co-Owned Vessel:

Vessel Operator:

For More Information

To pre-register for a scheduled workshop, please contact Angler Conservation Education at (386) 682-0158. Pre-registration is highly recommended but is not required. For further information regarding workshop requirements please visit: or contact Rick Pearson at (727) 824-5399.


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