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The Protected Species Safe Handling, Release, And Identification Workshop Originally Scheduled For September 13, 2017, In Panama City, Fl Has Been Rescheduled To November 28, 2017

Posted: October 16, 2017

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 Panama City, FL that was originally scheduled for September 13, 2017, has been rescheduled.

The New Date Is:                             November 28, 2017

The Location Remains:                 Hilton Garden Inn
                                                     1101 North Highway 231
                                                      Panama City, FL 32405

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.  Pre-registration is highly recommended but is not required.  For information regarding workshop requirements please contact the Highly Migratory Species Management Division at 727-824-5399, or visit the following webpage:


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