Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 10

Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 10

In March 2016, the Council directed staff to begin development of a joint dolphin wahoo and snapper grouper amendment to examine different ways to allocate or share quota between the commercial and recreational sectors for dolphin and yellowtail snapper.  In June 2016, the Council approved the amendment for scoping hearings, which were held in August 2016.  Options included a common pool allocation, a reserve category, temporary or permanent shifts in allocation, combined annual catch limits, and creating gear allocations in the commercial dolphin fishery.

In December 2016, the Council considered approving the amendment, which was being developed jointly with Snapper Grouper Amendment 44 (see Snapper Grouper section above), for public hearings in early 2017.  Instead, the Council directed staff to continue to develop Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 10 but separately from SG Am 44 and include an action to revise the ABC Control Rule to include a carry-over provision from one fishing year to the next.  The Council also directed staff to develop actions that would eliminate the operator card requirement in the Dolphin Wahoo FMP, revised optimum yield, and allow properly permitted vessels with gear onboard that are not authorized for use in the dolphin wahoo fishery to possess dolphin or wahoo.  Consequently, the DW FMP actions were not approved for public hearings.

In March 2017, the Council decided to stop work on the amendment until the revised MRIP data are available. At the December 2018 meeting, the Council directed staff to start work again on the amendment with the inclusion of additional items to allow bag limit sales of dolphin for dually permitted for-hire and commercial permit holders, modify gear, bait, and training requirements in the commercial longline fishery for dolphin and wahoo to align with HMS requirements, reduce the recreational vessel limit for dolphin, revised the ACLs to accommodate new MRIP data, and revise sector allocations.

At the June 2019 meeting, the Council removed the action that would allow bag limit sales of dolphin, moved actions from the Recreational Accountability Modifications Amendment (Dolphin Wahoo Regulatory Amendment 2) to Amendment 10, and added an action that would allow filleting of dolphin at sea onboard for-hire vessels in the waters north of the Virginia/North Carolina state border.

The Council reviewed Amendment 10 at the December 2019 meeting and voted to postpone discussion on the amendment until the June 2020 meeting. 

At the June 2020 meeting, the Council reviewed the actions in the amendment, removing the actions that would redefine Optimum Yield in the dolphin fishery and address Catch Targets. Additionally, the action that would modify gear, bait, and training requirements in the commercial longline fishery for dolphin and wahoo to align with Highly Migratory Species requirements was removed from Amendment 10 and will be addressed in a separate amendment at a later date.  The Council will next review the amendment at their September 2020 meeting.   


Council Process

  • Pre-Scoping:  June 2016
  • Scoping:  August 2016
  • Public Hearing:  
  • Final Approval: 

NMFS Process

  • Secretarial Review: 
  • Rule Making:  
  • Implementation: