Snapper Grouper Vision Blueprint Commercial Regulatory Amendment 27

Snapper Grouper Vision Blueprint Commercial Regulatory Amendment 27

In June 2016, the Council directed staff to begin development of an amendment to address items identified in the Vision Blueprint addressing commercial management measures.  In September 2016 the Council directed staff to prepare a scoping document and scoping meetings were held in late January/early February 2017. The Council reviewed public comments and gave direction to staff at their March 2017 and June 2017 meetings.

Actions include commercial split seasons and/or trip limit adjustments for several species/complexes; re-evaluation of the shallow water grouper closure for red grouper off the Carolinas, and gear restrictions/modifications.  The Council revised alternatives at their September 2017 meeting and approved the same timeline for development as that for the recreational amendment.  The Council reviewed analyses and approved the amendment for public hearings at their March 2018 meeting.

Public hearings were held via webinar in May 2018.  In June, the Council received public input, finished selecting preferred alternatives, and directed staff to prepare the amendment to approve for formal review at the September 2018 meeting.


Council Process

  • Pre-Scoping:  September 2016
  • Scoping:  January/February 2017
  • Public Hearing:  May 2018
  • Final Approval:  

NMFS Process

  • Secretarial Review:  
  • Rule Making:  
  • Implementation: