NMFS News Release





Northeast Regional Office
One Blackburn Drive
Gloucester, MA 01930




Black Sea Bass Dealer Permit

Date: May 1, 1997

Dear Dealer Permit Holder:

New regulations implementing Amendment 9 to the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Fisheries (Amendment) go into effect on June 1, 1997. This letter explains a new requirement for a Federal black sea bass dealer permit and reporting requirements for permit holders.

Beginning June 1, 1997, to purchase black sea bass from federally permitted commercial vessels, all dealers must be issued a black sea bass dealer permit. Also, all persons holding a dealer permit for the black sea bass fishery must submit weekly reports of all fish purchases and annual reports of the "Employment Data" section of the Annual Processed Products Reports. If you did not purchase fish, during a month, you still have to submit a "negative" report to indicate that is the case. To add a Federal black sea bass dealer permit to your existing Federal dealer permits, please complete the enclosed application and return to the address above.

This letter is only a summary of the dealer permit requirements established under this Amendment. There are other requirements that have not been summarized in this letter. To read the requirements in their entirety, you should request a complete copy of the regulations by call 508-281-9278 or by accessing the NMFS Northeast Regional Offices's Web Site at:

http://www.wh.whoi.edu/ro/doc/nero.html


OMB# 0648-0202 EXP 10-31-97

DEALER PERMIT APPLICATION FOR

BLACK SEA BASS

If you wish to apply for the Federal black sea bass dealer permit please complete the following:

Check the box to select this permit.Provide the dealer and ownership information.Sign and return this application to:

U.S. Department of Commerce

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

National Marine Fisheries Service

One Blackburn Drive

Gloucester, MA 01930-2298

ATTN: Permit Office

PERMIT SELECTION:

___ Black sea bass dealer permit

DEALER/OWNER INFORMATION:

Dealer Name:_____________________

Federal Permit Number:_____________________

Owner Name (print):_____________________

OWNER SIGNATURE:

Owner Signature:_____________________ I wish to select the permit category checked above.



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