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NOAA Fisheries Announces Protected Species Release, Disentanglement, and Identification Workshops to be held in October, November, and December 2014

September 3, 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

Schedule

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

Date

Location

Address

City

State

Zip Code

10/14/2014

Hilton Garden Inn

1 Thurber Street

Warwick

RI

02886

10/16/2014

Holiday Inn

99701 Overseas Highway

Key Largo

FL

33037

11/18/2014

Hilton Garden Inn 

5353 Virginia Dare Trail

Kitty Hawk

NC 

27949

11/19/2014

Hilton Garden Inn

55 Town Center Boulevard

Palm Coast

FL

32164

12/10/2014

Hilton Hotel

901 Airline Drive

Kenner

LA

70062

12/17/2014

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: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/compliance/workshops/index.html or contact Rick Pearson at (727) 824-5399.

 

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