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The Protected Species Safe Handling, Release, and Identification Workshop Scheduled for April 28, 2015, in Kenner, LA has Been Rescheduled to June 10, 2015

May 12, 2015

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) requires that shark and swordfish limited access permit holders who fish with longline or gillnet gear attend and become certified at Protected Species Safe Handling, Release, and Identification workshops 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.  These workshops are conducted monthly at various locations along the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coasts.  The dates and locations of the workshops are announced quarterly through publication of a notice in the Federal Register, letters to affected permit holders, and an e-mail notice to subscribers of “Atlantic HMS News.” 

This is to announce that the Protected Species Safe Handling, Release, and Identification Workshop in Kenner, LA that was originally scheduled for April 28, 2015, has been rescheduled.

The New Date Is:                            June 10, 2015

The Location Remains:                 Hilton Inn
                                                            901 Airline Drive
                                                            Kenner, LA 70062
                                                            (504) 469-5000

The Time Remains:                         9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

To pre-register for a Protected Species Safe Handling, Release, and Identification workshop, please contact Angler Conservation Education at (386) 682-0158.  For information regarding workshop requirements please contact the Highly Migratory Species Management Division at 727-824-5399, or visit the following webpage: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/compliance/workshops/index.html.

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