68B-31.014. Northeast Region Food Shrimp Production Gear Specifications  

Effective on Monday, June 3, 1996
  • 1Each person harvesting shrimp in the Northeast Region as a food shrimp producer shall comply with the requirements specified in this rule.

    23(1) Allowable Gear – Except as provided for Volusia County in paragraph 3568B-3.008(3)(f), 36F.A.C., no person shall harvest shrimp in the nearshore and inshore Florida waters of the region as a food shrimp producer with any type of gear other than:

    64(a) A roller frame trawl meeting the following specifications:

    731. Neither the upper nor lower horizontal beam on a roller frame trawl so used is greater than 16 feet in length.

    952. The vertical bars shielding the trawl opening are spaced no further than 3 inches apart.

    1113. No more than two such trawls, unconnected, shall be towed by a single vessel at any time.

    1294. The netting of the trawl shall be no larger in mesh area than specified by subsection 14668B-31.0035(2), 147F.A.C.

    148(b) No more than two unconnected otter trawls, each with a perimeter around the leading edge of the net not greater than 66 feet and a mesh area no larger than specified by subsection 18268B-31.0035(2), 183F.A.C. The two otter trawls allowed in these waters shall include any try net being towed.

    199(2) No trawl shall be used for food shrimp production in the inshore waters of the Northeast Region that has a mesh size less than 7/8 inch bar measurement in the body of the net and 3/4 inch bar measurement in the cod end. In any trawl with a rigid turtle excluder device (TED), the section of netting surrounding the device shall have a mesh size no smaller than 1/2 inch bar measurement and shall be no more than 50 meshes in total length.

    283(3) No otter trawl shall be used for food shrimp production in the Northeast Region that is not in compliance with Rule 30568B-31.004, 306F.A.C.

    307(4) In the Northeast Region, no person harvesting shrimp as a food shrimp producer shall operate or fish any otter trawl, or possess any otter trawl that is rigged for fishing aboard any vessel, which trawl does not have a bycatch reduction device (BRD) installed therein meeting the requirements of Rule 35868B-31.0045, 359F.A.C.

    360Specific Authority Art. IV, Sec. 9, Fla. Const. Law Implemented Art. IV, Sec. 9, Fla. Const. History–New 1-1-92, Amended 1-1-96, 6-3-96, Formerly 46-31.014.