Spiny Lobster Regulatory Amendment 4

Spiny Lobster Regulatory Amendment 4

Proposed actions: The Gulf and South Atlantic Scientific & Statistical Committees (SSC) recommended that the spiny lobster Overfishing Level (OFL) and Acceptable Biological Catch (ABC) be calculated based on landings data from 1991 through the most recent data (2015/16). This amendment would include actions to update the OFL, ABC/ACL, and ACT based on the SSCs’ recommendation. The amendment will also include an action to prohibit traps for recreational harvest of spiny lobster in the South Atlantic EEZ.

Most Recent Council Actions: In December 2016, the South Atlantic Council provided recommendations for the recreational trap action, which will be incorporated into the Gulf Council’s option paper to be presented at their January/February 2017 meeting. The South Atlantic Council will review the draft amendment in March 2017.


Council Process

Pre-Scoping: December 2016
Public Hearing: May 2017
Final Approval: June 2017

NMFS Process

Secretarial Review:
Rule Making: