Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 32

Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 32

This amendment is currently on hold

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 become available.

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 Accountability Measures to remove in-season closures for either sector until the total Annual Catch Limit is met or projected to be met.  In June, the Council approved the amendment for scoping hearings to be held in August 2018.  Hearings were held via webinar and the Council reviewed input at their rescheduled September Council Meeting.

During the December Meeting, the Council discussed input from both the Snapper Grouper Advisory Panel as well as public comments on the amendments. Based on a review of the analyses indicating the proposed changes were unlikely to prevent an in-season closure of the commercial sector and citing input obtained from yellowtail snapper fishermen, the Council voted to stop work on the amendment and reconsider changes in yellowtail snapper management once the stock assessment is completed in late 2019.

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Council Process

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

NMFS Process

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