South Atlantic Fishery Management Council

CMP Amendment 2

Amendment Summary

Revised Spanish mackerel maximum sustainable yield, recognized two migratory groups, and set commercial quotas and bag limits. Required permits for charter vessels.

Amendment documents

Implemented Regulations

  • Revisied the Spanish mackerel MSY  and the OY and TAC for king and Spanish mackerel.
  • Set the fishing year for Gulf mackerels to July 1 through June 30  and Atlantic mackerels to April 1 through March 31. For all other species in the fishery January 1 through December 31.
  • Set Dad/Monroe as the migratory boundary for Spanish mackerel.
  • Set annual review of stock assessment pane report and other relevant information and allowed appropriate regulatory changes which may be implemented by the Regional Director by Notice Action.
  • Set allocations for Gulf king mackerel, Atlantic king mackerel, Gulf Spanish mackerel, and Atlantic Spanish mackerel.
  • Set a bycatch allocation for purse seines and prohibited purse seines for Spanish mackerel.
  • Established commercial permits for king mackerel and Spanish mackerel and charter boat permits.
  • Set bag limits for Gulf king mackerel (2pp private recreational, 3 per angler on charters excluding captain and crew of 2pp all inclusive per trip, whichever is greater).
  • Set bag limit for Atlantic king mackerel at 2pp per trip.
  • Set minimum mesh size for Spanish mackerel gill nets at 3.5 inches stretched mesh.
  • Final approval
  • Implementation
  • Pre-scoping
  • Public hearing
  • Rule making
  • Scoping
  • Secretarial review