Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 32

Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 32

In 2016 and early 2017 the Council began developing Snapper Grouper Amendment 44 to consider modifications to jurisdictional and sector allocations as well as commercial trip limits for yellowtail snapper.  In March 2017, the Council approved a motion to suspend work on Amendment 44 until revised MRIP data are available.

At the June 2017 meeting, the Council approved sending a letter to the Gulf Council to get input on developing a joint amendment to combine ACLs for yellowtail snapper.  The Gulf Council discussed the letter at their October 2017 meeting and sent a reply to the South Atlantic Council stating that they are willing to work jointly to develop solutions for yellowtail snapper.

In March 2018, the Council directed staff to begin development of an amendment to address short-term management of yellowtail snapper to provide timely relief for commercial fishermen (in light of hurricanes in summer 2017) via a framework amendment.

The amendment would consider changing AMs to remove in-season closures for either sector until the total ACL is met or projected to be met.  In June, the Council approved the amendment for scoping hearings to be held in August 2018.

Scoping hearings were held via webinar in August 2018 and the Council reviewed input at their October 2018 meeting and selected a preferred alternative.  The Council is scheduled to approve the amendment for formal review in December 2018.



Council Process

  • Pre-Scoping:  March 2018
  • Scoping:  August 2018
  • Public Hearing:  December 2018
  • Final Approval:  

NMFS Process

  • Secretarial Review:  
  • Rule Making:  
  • Implementation: