Amendments Under Development – Follow the Progress of Amendments

The Amendment Development Process

SAFMC Amendments Under DevelopmentFishery management plans and amendments to those plans are developed through a deliberate and transparent process. This process includes scientific input from the Council's Science & Statistical Committee, development of management alternatives, public input, and often times, deliberation by members of the Council during multiple meetings before being approved for submission to the Secretary of Commerce. Learn more about the Council process.

Approval of a fishery management plan or amendment by the Council does not mean that the measures automatically become law. Once approved by the Council, the proposed measures go through Secretarial Review, a rigorous process that involves review by NOAA Fisheries, legal review, and most importantly, the opportunity for additional public comment. Once the review has been completed, the Secretary of Commerce may approve, partially approve, or disapprove the management measures proposed by the Council.


Listed below are three tables to track amendments as they go through the management process to include:

  • Amendments currently under development by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council
  • Amendments approved by the Council and are undergoing Secretarial Review,
  • Amendments recently approved by the Secretary of Commerce.

Click on the Amendment links to learn more about the amendment and the current status of the amendment.

Amendments Under Development by Council

Amendment: (Click on link for status) Issues Addressed:

Snapper Grouper Amendment 41

Mutton snapper management measures

Snapper Grouper Amendment 38 

Long-term management of blueline tilefish

Snapper Grouper Amendment 37

Hogfish management measures

System Management Plan (Amendment 14 Deepwater Marine Protected Areas)

Long-term plan for outreach, law enforcement, and research/monitoring in existing deepwater MPAs

Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 24 (development of amendment postponed until after Vision Blueprint compete)

Jacks complex, Almaco jack, deepwater species, shallow water grouper, red grouper

Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 23

Commercial golden tilefish hook-and-line,recreational black sea bass bag limit, jacks complex

Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 25

Measures for blueline tilefish, yellowtail snapper, black sea bass

Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 16

Black sea bass pots (remove seasonal prohibition)

Snapper Grouper Amendment 36

Note: Development of Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 17 stopped in June 2014 to focus on SG Amendment 36

Spawning Special Management Zones; 

Note: Development of amendment stopped in June 2014 to focus on SG Amendment 36

Joint South Florida Amendment

Several management actions pertaining to South Florida species including yellowtail snapper, mutton snapper, and black grouper; modifications to the annual shallow water grouper closure and circle hook requirements.

Dolphin Wahoo Regulatory Amendment 1

Commercial trip limit for dolphin

Joint CMP Amendment 28 (development of amendment will not move forward)

Modification of king mackerel and Spanish mackerel commercial permits

Joint CMP Amendment 24 (development of amendment postponed until 2016)

Sector allocations for mackerel

Joint CMP Amendment 26 

King mackerel  ACLs, re-designation of boundaries and mixing zone, and other actions

Joint Charterboat Logbook Amendment 

Actions to require weekly electronic reporting by charter vessels

Joint Commercial Logbook Amendment

Modify reporting requirements for commercial logbooks

Comprehensive Ecosystem-Based Amendment 3

Improvements in bycatch/discard data collection methods

Snapper Grouper Amendment 22 (development of amendment postponed)

Recreational harvest tag program for species with low ACL


Amendments Under Secretarial Review

Amendment:(Click on link for status)

Issues Addressed:

Golden Crab Amendment 9

ABCs/ACLs/ACTs/AMs, trip limits

Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 8

Sector allocations for dolphin

Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 7

Bringing dolphin & wahoo fillets from the Bahamas into the US EEZ

Snapper Grouper Amendment 34

Accountability measures for snapper grouper species

Snapper Grouper Amendment 33

Transport of snapper grouper fillets from the Bahamas

Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 22

Measures for gag grouper and wreckfish

Snapper Grouper Amendment 35 

Removal of species from the snapper grouper fishery management unit


Amendments Approved by the Secretary of Commerce (once regulations are implemented, check the FMP page for information)

Amendment: (Click on link for info)

Issues Addressed:

Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 20 (regulations implemented August 20, 2015)

Management measures for snowy grouper

Coral Amendment 8 (regulations implemented August 17, 2015)

Modifications to coral HAPCs

CMP Framework Amendment 2 (regulations implemented August 13, 2015)

Atlantic Spanish mackerel trip limits for Florida

Snapper Grouper Amendment 29 (regulations implemented July 1, 2015)

Only Reliable Catch Stocks (ORCS) methods; gray triggerfish management measures

Snapper Grouper Amendment 32 (regulations implemented March 30, 2015)

Management measures for blueline tilefish

Joint CMP Amendment 20B (See FMP page - regulations implemented March 1, 2015)

Zones and quota for mackerel

Archived Amendments:

CMP Framework Amendment 1 (regulations implemented December 22, 2014)

Spanish mackerel ACLs

South Atlantic CMP Framework Action 2013 (regulations implemented December 19, 2014)

Transfer at sea provision; king mackerel trip limits

Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 14

Greater amberjack - modify fishing year; Black sea bass - fishing year & accountability measures; Vermilion snapper- fishing seasons and accountability measures; Gag - trip limit

Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 21

MSST definition

Joint CMP Amendment 20A (See FMP page - regulations implemented July 16, 2014)

Sales and permits of mackerel

Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 5 (See FMP page)

ABCs/ACLs/ACTs/AMs, trip limits​

Generic Dealer Amendment - (See FMP page - regulations implemented August 1, 2014)

Modify current permitting and reporting requirements for seafood dealers who receive federally managed species

Joint South Atlantic/Gulf of Mexico Generic Headboat Reporting Amendment - (See FMP page)

Modify current reporting requirements for charter/headboats

Snapper Grouper Amendment 27 (See FMP page)

Nassau grouper; dually-permitted vessels; bag limit retention for captain and crew; ACL adjustments; blue runner

Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 19 (See FMP page)

Black Sea Bass

Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 18 (See FMP page)

Vermilion Snapper & Red Porgy

Snapper Grouper Amendment 28 (See FMP page)

Red Snapper

Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 15 (See FMP page)

Yellowtail Snapper and Shallow-water Groupers