Spiny Lobster Regulatory Amendment 13

Spiny Lobster Regulatory Amendment 13

There is a procedure and protocol in place in the Spiny Lobster Joint Fishery Management Plan with the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Plan to allow the National Marine Fisheries Service to update federal regulations to align with Florida regulations without necessary action by the Councils. However, the procedure and protocol need to be updated before the process can be used again to update federal regulations to align with Florida's recently established bully net regulations. The Gulf Council (administrative lead on the amendment) directed staff to start work on the amendment at their April 2017 meeting, and the South Atlantic Council approved an identical motion at their June 2017 meeting.

The Gulf Council reviewed an options paper at their October 2017 meeting. The South Atlantic Council reviewed the draft Gulf actions and alternatives in December 2017. Both Councils approved a motion for actions that would address inconsistencies between State of Florida spiny lobster regulations and those in federal waters concerning bag limits, degradable panels, and the definition of artificial habitat.

Scoping webinars were held January 8th and 9th, 2018. The Gulf Council approved actions and alternatives to be analyzed in January 2018.

Both Councils will review a draft public hearing document at their June 2018 meetings.


Council Process


  • Scoping:  January 2018
  • Public Hearing:  
  • Final Approval:  

NMFS Process

  • Secretarial Review:  
  • Rule Making:  
  • Implementation: