Snapper Grouper Plan Amendment 47

Snapper Grouper Plan Amendment 47

The Council has held several discussions in recent years on limiting the number of Atlantic Snapper Grouper Charter/Headboat permits, and potential benefits to the for-hire component from this management approach.

In June 2017, the Council instructed staff to begin work on an amendment that would explore a limited-entry program or a moratorium on the for-hire component of the snapper grouper fishery.  The Council discussed options at their December 2017 meeting and provide further guidance to staff on the scope of the amendment and timing.

In March 2018, the Council provided detailed input and directed staff to develop a scoping document based on their direction to consider at the June 2018 meeting.  The Council directed staff to broaden the title of the amendment, approved the addition of numbering permits for tracking purposes and modifying the permit condition that prohibits permit holders from possessing snapper grouper species in state waters when the species are closed to harvest in federal waters, and approved a round of webinar-based scoping hearings ahead of the September 2018 meeting.

Scoping webinars will be held in August 2018.

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Council Process

  • Pre-Scoping: 2016 & 2017
  • Scoping:  August 2018
  • Public Hearing:  
  • Final Approval:  

NMFS Process

  • Secretarial Review:  
  • Rule Making:  
  • Implementation: