Snapper Grouper Vision Blueprint Recreational Regulatory Amendment 26

Snapper Grouper Vision Blueprint Recreational Regulatory Amendment 26

Proposed actions: Council directed staff to begin development of an amendment to address items identified in the Vision Blueprint addressing recreational management measures.

Most Recent Council Actions: During the 2017 June meeting, the Council proposed:

  • Modify current aggregate bag limits to create a deep-water species aggregate, a shallow-water species aggregate, and a 20-fish aggregate with options to retain existing limits within the aggregates (for example, one golden tilefish per person per day), as well as modifications to those limits within the aggregates.
  • Option to establish a recreational season for deepwater species. For consideration is matching the existing May-August season (currently in place for blueline tilefish and snowy grouper) or September through December (to avoid spawning seasons)
  • Consideration of a single-hook requirement for deepwater species to minimize discard mortality
  • Consideration modifying the seasonal recreational prohibition to apply to a different time period off the east coast of Florida for black grouper and off the Carolinas for red grouper
  • The Council selected a preferred alternative to reduce the recreational minimum size limit for gray triggerfish off the east coast of Florida
  • The Council chose to delay approving this amendment for public hearings pending additional analyses. Public hearings will likely take place in early 2018.


Council Process

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

NMFS Process

  • Secretarial Review:  
  • Rule Making:  
  • Implementation: