Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 10

Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 10

In March 2016, the Council directed staff to begin development of a joint dolphin wahoo and snapper grouper amendment to examine different ways to allocate or share quota between the commercial and recreational sectors for dolphin and yellowtail snapper.

The Council approved the amendment for scoping hearings, which were held in August 2016.  Options included a common pool allocation, a reserve category, temporary or permanent shifts in allocation, combined annual catch limits, and creating gear allocations in the commercial dolphin fishery. In December 2016, the Council considered approving the amendment, for public hearings in early 2017.  Instead, the Council directed staff to continue to develop Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 10 and include an action to revise the Allowable Biological Catch Control Rule to include a carry-over provision from one fishing year to the next.  The Council also directed staff to develop actions that would eliminate the operator card requirement in the Dolphin Wahoo Fishery Management Plan, revised optimum yield, and allow properly permitted vessels with gear onboard that are not authorized for use in the dolphin wahoo fishery to possess dolphin or wahoo. Consequently, the Dolphin Wahoo Fishery Management Plan actions were not approved for public hearings.

After having stopped work on the amendment until the revised MRIP data are available, the Council directed staff to start work again on the amendment with the inclusion of additional items to allow bag limit sales of dolphin for dually permitted for-hire and commercial permit holders, modify gear, bait, and training requirements in the commercial longline fishery for dolphin and wahoo to align with HMS requirements, reduce the recreational vessel limit for dolphin, revised the ACLs to accommodate new MRIP data, and revise sector allocations.

The Council will next consider Amendment 10 at the June 2019 meeting.

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Council Process

  • Pre-Scoping:  June 2016
  • Scoping:  August 2016
  • Public Hearing:  
  • Final Approval: 

NMFS Process

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  • Rule Making:  
  • Implementation: