Amendments Under Development

Public Comment & Amendment Development Process

Fishery management plans and amendments to those plans are developed through a deliberate and transparent process. The process involves coordination among different agencies - the Council (Phase I) and NOAA Fisheries and the Department of Commerce (Phase II). Public comment opportunities are available during each part of the process.

Want to Learn More about Amendments and Submit Public Comment?

Amendment Information - To access the list of amendments currently under development by the Council and to submit public comment on any amendment, expand the menu below and then click the name of the amendment to go to the amendment page.

Submitting Comment - On each amendment page, learn more about what management measures are being proposed, the current status of the amendment in the process, most recent documents and access an online comment form to submit comments.


If the fishery management issue you want to comment on does not have an open or already established amendment, please fill out the Council's General Comment Form - click here

To read what others have said on our General Comment Form, please click here.

 

Amendments Under Development

Click on the + buttons below to view information about amendments under development under each Fishery Management Plan/Topic. You may also submit comments on individual amendments using the links provided.

Amendment Information
Issues Addressed:
Link to Online Comment Form:
Mutton snapper management measures
Formal Approval by Council
Yellowtail snapper allocation options (joint amendment with Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 10)
Submit Comment
NOTE: Amendment on Hold
Red snapper
Approved by Council for Formal Review
Recreational management measures (re-evaluation of the shallow water grouper closure, re-evaluation of aggregate bag limits, removal of minimum size limits for deepwater species, and modification of the recreational minimum size limit for black sea bass.)
Commercial management measures (commercial split seasons for deepwater species (snowy grouper, yellowedge grouper, blueline tilefish, and golden tilefish (HL only)); commercial split season for red porgy (to line up with existing for vermilion snapper and gray triggerfish); re-evaluation of the shallow water grouper closure; trip limits and step-downs (especially as they pertain to traditional bandit boats, vermilion trip limit step-down in second season, restrictions on trip frequency), and fishing year changes (golden tilefish hook-and-line).)
Amendment Information
Issues Addressed:
Link to Online Comment Form:
Dolphin allocation options (gear-based allocations for commercial sector and allocation shifts)
Submit Comment
NOTE: Amendment on Hold
Amendment Information
Issues Addressed:
Link to Online Comment Form:
Transfer of management of Atlantic cobia to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission
Gulf king mackerel commercial and recreational allocations
Submit comments through the Gulf Council
addressing changes to the recreational fishing season for Atlantic Cobia.
Submit Comment - Pending ASMFC interstate cobia plan
Amendment Information
Issues Addressed:
Link to Online Comment Form:
Commercial electronic logbooks and requirements
Coming Soon!
Weekly electronic reporting for charter vessels and requirements
Formal Approval by Council
Limited entry for for-hire permits for snapper grouper
Amendment Under Development
Amendment Information
Issues Addressed:
Status:
Spiny lobster Annual Catch Limit and recreational traps
Formal Approval by Council

 

Council Process - Phase I: This process includes scientific input from the Council's Science & Statistical Committee, development of management alternatives, public input, and often times, deliberation by members of the Council during multiple meetings before being approved for submission to the Secretary of Commerce. Learn more about the Council process.

NOAA Fisheries Process - Rulemaking

NOAA Fisheries Process - Phase 2: Approval of a fishery management plan or amendment by the Council does not mean that the measures automatically become law. Once approved by the Council, the proposed measures go through Secretarial Review, a rigorous process that involves review by NOAA Fisheries, legal review, and most importantly, the opportunity for additional public comment. This part of the process is called “Rulemaking” and includes a proposed rule and final rule. Once the review has been completed, the Secretary of Commerce may approve, partially approve, or disapprove the management measures proposed by the Council. Once the measures become effective, NOAA Fisheries is responsible for implementing and enforcing the measures. NOAA’s Southeast Regional Office is also responsible for collecting data on the region’s fisheries and monitoring landings to track Annual Catch Limits (ACLs). Learn more about NOAA Fisheries and the Southeast Regional Office.