Snapper Grouper Amendment 44

Snapper Grouper Amendment 44

Amendment currently on hold.

Proposed actions: This joint amendment contains actions to examine different ways to allocate or share quota between the commercial and recreational sectors for dolphin and yellowtail snapper. Under consideration for yellowtail snapper are in-season allocations shifts as well as permanent re-allocation as well as an additional action that was added to consider merging the Annual Catch Limits of yellowtail snapper for the Gulf of Mexico and the South Atlantic regions.

Most Recent Council Actions:

Amendment 44 was recently taken out to public hearing meetings in January ad February 2017. Staff reviewed the public input received during the meetings and Council discussed and approved the wording of the actions in the amendment.

  • Modify the jurisdictional allocation of the acceptable biological catch for yellowtail snapper between the South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico.
  • Specify a single annual catch limit for yellowtail snapper in the South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico.
  • Allow adaptive management of annual catch limits and revise or establish sector allocations for yellowtail snapper.
  • Revise the accountability measures for yellowtail snapper.
  • An additional action will be added to the amendment to look at commercial trip limits (with step-downs and including multi-day trip limit options) for yellowtail snapper. Adding this action may slow down development of the amendment.

ADDITIONAL COUNCIL ACTION - Work on Snapper Grouper Amendment 44 was suspended until the revised Marine Recreational Information Program data are available.

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Council Process

  • Pre-Scoping:  June 2016
  • Scoping:  August 2016
  • Public Hearing:  January/February 2017
  • Final Approval:  

NMFS Process

  • Secretarial Review:  
  • Rule Making:  
  • Implementation: