Snapper Grouper Vision Blueprint Commercial Regulatory Amendment 27
In June 2016, the Council directed staff to begin development of an amendment to address items identified in the Vision Blueprint addressing commercial management measures. In September 2016 the Council directed staff to prepare a scoping document and scoping meetings were held in late January/early February 2017.
The Council reviewed public comments and gave direction to staff at their March 2017 and June 2017 meetings. Actions include commercial split seasons and/or trip limit adjustments for several species/complexes; re-evaluation of the shallow water grouper closure for red grouper off the Carolinas, and gear restrictions/modifications.
The Council reviewed analyses and approved the amendment for public hearings at their March 2018 meeting. Public hearings were held via webinar in May 2018. In June, the Council received public input, finished selecting preferred alternatives, and directed staff to prepare the amendment to approve for formal review at the September 2018 meeting. The September meeting was postponed due to Hurricane Florence, so the Council approved the amendment for formal review at the rescheduled meeting in October 2018 and the amendment was submitted to NMFS on January 24, 2019.
GET INVOLVED –
- Pre-Scoping: September 2016
- Scoping: January/February 2017
- Public Hearing: May 2018
- Final Approval: October 2018
- Secretarial Review: January 2019
- Rule Making: October 2019
- Implementation: February 26, 2020