Snapper Grouper Plan Amendment 46

Snapper Grouper Plan Amendment 46

In June 2017, the Council instructed staff to move actions formerly in Amendment 43, except an action to specify a red snapper ACL in 2018, to Amendment 46.  The amendment would specify Overfishing Limit, Acceptable Biological Catch, and Annual Catch Limits for red snapper, address recreational permitting and reporting for private recreational fishermen, address best fishing practices, and remove powerhead restrictions in special management zones off South Carolina (action formerly included in the Visioning amendments).

Catch level parameters for red snapper (based on SEDAR 41 (2017)) have not been adopted through the amendment process;  the Southeast Fisheries Science Center could not provide new projections due to the time since the last amendment, uncertainty in recreational landings and discards, and upcoming changes to recreational landings estimates.

During their meeting in October 2017, the Scientific and Statistical Committee formed a workgroup whose task was to determine an approach to obtain an ABC for red snapper.

In December 2017 the Council directed staff to remove actions pertaining to red snapper from Snapper Grouper Amendment 46 and focus on recreational reporting and best fishing practices.

In March 2018, the Council directed staff to split the amendment again, retaining actions on recreational permitting and reporting in Amendment 46. Other actions will be addressed in a framework amendment (Regulatory Amendment 29).


Council Process


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NMFS Process

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