Snapper Grouper Amendment 42
The NMFS Release Protocols for protected species were originally published in 2004. Revised editions were released in 2008 and 2010, and a new update is now ready for publication.
In the pending update, the Southeast Fishery Science Center approved three additional turtle release gear types for use in handling and releasing incidentally caught sea turtles when fishing for reef fish. The new gear requires less space on vessels while still providing the necessary functionality; however, fishermen who participate in the snapper grouper fishery (commercial & for-hire) cannot use the approved gear until it is listed as acceptable gear in a fishery management plan and made a requirement in the regulations.
The Amendment would include the new gear in the regulations for the snapper grouper fishery and consider modifications to the snapper grouper framework so the Council may more quickly modify sea turtle and other protected resources release gear and handling requirements in the future.
The Council approved the amendment for scoping at their March 2018 meeting. Scoping will be held via webinar on April 23 & 24, 2018. Click here to learn more about the scoping webinars and the accompanying documents.
- Pre-Scoping: March 2018
- Scoping: April 2018
- Public Hearing:
- Final Approval:
- Secretarial Review:
- Rule Making: