Snapper Grouper Amendment 37

Snapper Grouper Amendment 37

Proposed actions: The amendment contains actions to,

  • modify the Fishery Management Unit for hogfish (genetic evidence indicates three distinct stocks);
  • revise MSY, MSST, ABC, ACLs, AMs and recreational ACT, as appropriate, for the two stocks in the SAFMC jurisdiction (GA-NC stock and a FL Keys/East FL stock);
  • establish a rebuilding plan for the Florida Keys/East Florida stock, and
  • commercial and recreational management measures for each stock.

Specific actions include:

GA/Carolinas Stock

  • Action 1 - Defines the management unit from the Georgia/Florida state boundary northward to the North Carolina/Virginia state boundary
  • Action 4 - Re-calculates sector allocations based on the preferred redefined geographic boundary to maintain current apportionment -
    the re-calculated allocations would be 69.13% commercial and 30.87% recreational
  • Action 4 - Specifies the commercial ACL beginning in 2017 (based on recalculated allocation and 95% ABC) = 23,456 lbsww
    • Average of commercial landings from 2010 to 2014 is 20,454 lbsww
  • Action 4 - Specifies the recreational ACL beginning in 2017 (based on re-calculated allocation and 95% ABC) = 988 fish
    • Average of recreational landings from 2010 to 2014 is 545 fish
  • Action 8 - Increases the minimum size limit (for both sectors) to 17 inches fork length (FL) (the current limit is 12 inches FL)
  • Action 9 - Establishes a commercial trip limit of 500 pounds gutted weight (currently there is no trip limit in federal waters)
  • Action 10 - Establishes a recreational bag limit of 2 fish per person per day (currently there is no bag limit in federal waters off Georgia and the Carolinas)

Amendment Status: Under Secretarial Review

Florida Keys/East FL Stock

  • Action 1 - Defines the management unit from the Georgia/Florida state boundary to a line just south of Cape Sable, Florida, running due west (25-degrees 09’.000 North Latitude).
  • Action 5 - Specifies a rebuilding plan that sets the ABC equal to the yield at a constant fishing mortality rate and rebuilds the stock in 10 years with a 72.5% probability of rebuilding success.
  • Action 6 - Re-calculates sector allocations based on the preferred redefined geographic boundary to maintain current apportionment - the re-calculated allocations would be 9.63% commercial and 90.37% recreational.
  • Action 6 - Establishes a commercial ACL beginning in 2017 (based on recalculated allocation and 95% ABC) = 3,510 lbs ww.
    • Average of commercial landings from 2010 to 2014 is 13,976 lbs ww)
  • Action 6 - Establishes a recreational ACL beginning in 2017 (based on re-calculated allocation and 95% ABC) = 15,689 fish.
    • Average of recreational landings from 2010 to 2014 is 121,329 fish
  • Action 8 - Increases the minimum size limit (for both sector) to 16 inches FL (currently the limit is 12 inches FL).
  • Action 9 - Specifies a commercial trip limit of 25 lbs ww (currently there is no trip limit in federal waters).
  • Action 10 - Decreases the recreational bag limit to 1 fish per person per day from the current 5 fish limit.
  • Action 11 - Establish an annual recreational fishing season from May through October.

Council Process

  • Pre-Scoping:  Early 2015
  • Scoping:  August 2015
  • Public Hearing:  January 2016
  • Final Approval:  September 2016

NMFS Process

  • Secretarial Review:  September 23, 2016
  • Rule Making:  Proposed Rule (12/16/16);
  • Implementation: