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MOREHEAD CITY(Feb. 13, 2006) – Beginning April 11, shrimpers working in federal waters off the southeastern United States will be required to obtain a permit from NOAA Fisheries.

Any shrimp trawler harvesting or possessing brown, pink or white shrimp (penaeid shrimp) in or from federal waters from North Carolina through Florida needs to have a commercial vessel permit for South Atlantic penaeid shrimp. Federal waters extend from 3 to 200 miles offshore.

For more information about the permit, please contact:

NOAA Fisheries Service
Southeast Regional Office, Permits Branch
263 13th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, Florida 33701
Phone: 727-824-5326
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