Snapper Grouper Vision Blueprint Recreational Regulatory Amendment 26

Snapper Grouper Vision Blueprint Recreational Regulatory Amendment 26

In June 2016, the Council directed staff to begin development of an amendment to address items identified in the Vision Blueprint addressing recreational management measures.  In September 2016 the Council reviewed an options paper and directed staff to prepare a scoping document.

Scoping meetings were held in late January/early February 2017 and the Council reviewed public comments and gave direction to staff at their March 2017 meeting.

In June 2017, the Council provided further guidance but did not approve the amendment for public hearings.

During the September 2017 meeting, the Council approved an alternative approach for structuring the amendment that would better reflect the Council’s Vision and how the fishery currently operates. Because of this change, the Council also approved a revised timeline for amendment development with formal approval expected in September 2018.

The Council reviewed analyses and approved the amendment for public hearings at their March 2018 meeting. Public Hearings took place in May 2018 and the Council will review comments from those meetings at the June Council Meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Actions in the amendment include modification to the composition and limits of the recreational aggregates, measures to reduce discards, establishment or modification of recreational seasons, and gear restrictions/modifications. 



Council Process

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

NMFS Process

  • Secretarial Review:  
  • Rule Making:  
  • Implementation: