South Atlantic Fishery Management Council

CMP Amendment 34

Amendment Summary

Purpose of Amendment: Responds to the latest stock assessment (SEDAR 58). Gulf cobia are not overfished but undergoing overfishing. This amendment includes actions to end the overfishing of Gulf cobia and update the CMP framework procedures to clarify the language about the responsibilities of each Council.

Action Summary: adopt new catch level recommendations; Gulf and FLEC Zone apportionment; sector allocations; ACTs; bag limits, vessel limits, and size limits; framework procedure.

Key Events: 

  • June 2020: amendment development initiated.
  • November 2020: Mackerel Cobia AP met to discuss SSC recommendations and potential actions.
  • March 2021: scoping held during the Council meeting.
  • April 2021: Mackerel Cobia AP input.
  • June 2021: Gulf Council reviewed amendment.
  • Fall 2021: Councils approved amendment for public hearings.
  • December 2021: South Atlantic Council reviewed public hearing comments and removed actions addressing the Atlantic king mackerel minimum size limit.
  • March 2022: South Atlantic Council took final action.
  • April 2022: Gulf Council took final action.
  • Summer 2022: Amendment submitted August 5, 2022.

Amendment documents

  • Final approval
  • Implementation
  • Pre-scoping
  • Public hearing
  • Rule making
  • Scoping
  • Secretarial review

Public comments

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