Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 29
At their March 2018 meeting, the Council removed actions pertaining to best fishing practices and powerhead regulations from Snapper Grouper Amendment 46 and requested that staff begin development of a framework amendment. The Council was concerned that other actions in Amendment 46 (recreational permitting and reporting) would take significant time to be developed and did not want to delay action on other issues.
The Council reviewed an options paper at their June 2018 meeting and approved the amendment for scoping with actions addressing venting and descending devices, circle hooks, allowable rigs, and powerheads. Scoping hearings were held in August 2018. The Council reviewed scoping comments at their September 2018 meeting. Actions and alternatives addressing venting and descending devices, circle hooks, and powerheads were approved for analysis. The action pertaining to allowable rigs was removed.
The Council reviewed a draft public hearing document at their March 2019 meeting. Preferred alternatives were selected that would require a descending device be on board vessels fishing for or possessing snapper grouper species, require vessels fishing for or possessing snapper grouper species to use non-offset circle hooks, and would allow the use of powerheads to harvest snapper grouper species in federal waters off South Carolina.
The Council also requested input from the Snapper Grouper Advisory Panel and the Law Enforcement Advisory Panel on the definition of descending devices used in the document. The Council requested that staff work with NMFS to put together a research and monitoring plan for descending device usage and work with the SSC to determine how best fishing practices requirements may be considered in future stock assessments.
At the June 2019 meeting, the Council will review public comments and input from the APs and consider modifications to the document, if necessary.
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GET INVOLVED –
- Pre-Scoping: March 2018
- Scoping: August 2018
- Public Hearing: April/May 2019
- Final Approval:
- Secretarial Review:
- Rule Making: