Snapper Grouper Amendment 43

Snapper Grouper Amendment 43

Proposed actions: Council directed staff to begin development of an amendment to address items related to management of red snapper and other directly and indirectly related items that would ultimately result in an adaptive management approach and respond to items in the Vision Blueprint (i.e., recreational stamp, recreational season, time-area closures, etc.).

Most Recent Council Actions:

At the June 2017 Council Meeting, Council discussed the amendment and approved it for Public Hearings in August of 2017.

Given that an Acceptable Biological Catch for red snapper is still unavailable due to data uncertainty concerns, the Council chose to move forward with establishing an annual catch limit to allow limited harvest of red snapper in 2018. Amendment 43 was modified to only include one action that would specify the ACL. The commercial and recreational allocations options are included in the various alternatives. The Council will hold public hearings on this amendment via webinar in August and during the September meeting and approve to submit to the National Marine Fisheries Service in September 2017 with the intent of having regulations become effective prior to summer 2018.

Actions that were previously included in Amendment 43 (i.e., best fishing practices, etc) will continue to be developed for Council considerations but will likely shift to a different amendment.


Council Process

  • Pre-Scoping:  June 2016
  • Scoping:  January/February 2017
  • Public Hearing:  Scheduled for August 2017
  • Final Approval:  

NMFS Process

  • Secretarial Review:  
  • Rule Making:  
  • Implementation: