Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Bermuda Government Announcement - Closure of Blue Striped Grunt Spawning Area


The Department of Environmental Protection within the Ministry of the Environment and Sports has advised the public that an area of North Shore will be closed to all fishing activities between May 1st, 2009 and June 30th, 2009 inclusive.

The area being closed is a known “fish aggregation area” and is being closed for the conservation and protection of the Blue-striped grunt (Haemulon sciurus), and in accordance with the Fisheries Act 1972.

The closed area being roughly rectangular in shape is enclosed by a line running in a north-easterly direction from St. Catherine’s Point, St. George’s to the Southern channel marker #12 (32 degrees 23.6 minutes North, 64 degrees 40.1 minutes West) thence by a line running along the southern boundary of the Southern channel to the Southern channel marker #16 (32 degrees 23.9 minutes North, 64 degrees 40.7 minutes West) thence by a line running in a south-westerly direction to a point 32 degrees 23.4 minutes North, 64 degrees 41.4 minutes West thence by a line running in a south-easterly direction to Fort George, St. George’s.