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NOAA Fisheries Announces Protected Species Release, Disentanglement, and Identification Workshops to be held in April, May, and June of 2015

March 5, 2015

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 2012 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

4/13/2015

Holiday Inn

10120 South Federal Highway

Port St. Lucie

FL

34952

4/28/2015

Hilton Inn

901 Airline Drive

Kenner

LA

70062

5/19/2015

Hampton Inn

678 Citadel Haven Drive

Charleston

SC

29414

5/27/2015

Holiday Inn

151 Route 72 East

Manahawkin

NJ

08050

6/23/2015

Hampton Inn

230 Lee Burbank Highway

Revere

MA

02151

6/26/2015

Princess Royale Hotel

9100 Coastal Highway

Ocean City

MD

21842

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

 

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