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NOAA Fisheries will conduct voluntary outreach workshops to review required sea turtle release gear for federal commercial and for-hire permit holders for Snapper-Grouper, Reef Fish, and Highly Migratory Species (HMS).

The workshops will be held during August in Florida where there are permit holders for all three fisheries.


Workshop Topics

  • Where to purchase or how to make the sea turtle release gear
  • How to use the gear
  • Possible fines associated with not having the required equipment on board

Who Must Attend


Attendance is voluntary but highly recommended for the snapper-grouper, reef fish, and HMS fisheries in the southern U.S. Atlantic, including the Gulf of Mexico.

Note: these workshops do not fulfill requirements under HMS regulations for Protected Species Safe Handling, Release, and Identification workshops for longline and gillnet fisheries with shark or swordfish directed or incidental limited access permits as described at http://go.usa.gov/XtFd.


August 2014 Schedule 


Day Time (p.m.) Location City (Florida)
16-Sat 6:30 – 8:00 USCG Station, 1800 Overseas Hwy Marathon
17-Sun 6:30 – 8:00 Garrison Bight Marina, Palm Ave & Eisenhower Dr Key West
18-Mon 6:30 – 8:00 Postcard Inn, 84001 Overseas Hwy Islamorada
19-Tues 6:30 – 8:00 Port Salerno Commercial Dock, 4643 SE Park Drive Stuart
20-Wed 6:30 – 8:00 River Walk Center Sunrise Rm, 600 N Indian River Dr Fort Pierce
21-Thur 6:30 – 8:00 Port Canaveral Admin Bldg, 455 Challenger Rd Port Canaveral
22-Fri 6:30 – 8:00 Galimor Center, 399 Riberia St St. Augustine
23-Sat 5:30 – 7:00 Safe Harbor Seafood, 4378 Ocean Dr Mayport

For More Information Contact Charlie Bergmann at

Charles.Bergmann@noaa.gov or 228-238-4109.