07/27/18 – NOAA Fisheries – FB-051: Final Rule Revises Annual Catch Limits for South Atlantic Red Grouper

Final Rule Revises Annual Catch Limits for South Atlantic Red Grouper

July 26, 2018

FB18-051 South Atlantic Fishery Bulletin; For more information, contact: Frank Helies, Sustainable Fisheries, 727-824-5305, frank.helies@noaa.gov

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NOAA Fisheries announces a final rule for red grouper in the South Atlantic.  This rule will reduce the annual catch limits (ACLs) for South Atlantic red grouper in response to the results of the latest population assessment.  The assessment determined that red grouper in the South Atlantic is undergoing overfishing and is overfished.

WHEN RULE WILL TAKE EFFECT:

  • The rule will take effect on August 27, 2018.

WHAT THIS MEANS:

  • The final rule will reduce the total and sector annual catch limits for red grouper.
  • New annual catch limits (in pounds whole weight) are as follows:
Total ACL Commercial ACL Recreational ACL
2018 139,000 61,160 77,840
2019 150,000 66,000 84,000
2020 until modified 162,000 71,280 90,720

  

FORMAL FEDERAL REGISTER NAME/NUMBER: 83 FR 35435, published July 26, 2018


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