NMFS Seeks Comments on Exempted Fishing Permit

The National Marine Fisheries Service is considering an application for an exempted fishing permit under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act which would allow fishers off of the eastern coast of Florida to collect a limited number of snapper-grouper, coastal migratory pelagic, dolphin, and wahoo species with evidence of shark depredation for transfer to researchers at Florida Atlantic University. Researchers seek the permit to quantify the impacts of shark depredation on the specified species in relation to recreational fisheries. The public comment period is open through November 8, 2021.