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.
GET INVOLVED –
- Pre-Scoping: September 2016
- Scoping: January/February 2017
- Public Hearing:
- Final Approval:
- Secretarial Review:
- Rule Making: