South Atlantic Fishery Management Council

Golden Crab Amendment 3

Amendment Summary

Addressed gear limitations, vessel permitting specifications, specified status determination criteria, created a sub-zone within the Southern Zone with specified conditions and modified the FMP framework to allow modifications to the sub-zone.

Amendment documents

Implemented Regulations

  • Extended the use of wire cable for main lines through December 31, 2002.
  • Required that the escape panel or door on traps to measure 11 7/8 inches x 11 7/8 inches. Removed the 5,000-pound harvest requirement for renewing the biannual permit.
  • Allowed up to a 20% increase in vessel size from the original permit.
  • Created a sub-zone within the Southern Zone.
  • Allowed two new vessels to be permitted to fish only in the Northern Zone using the next two participants that want to enter the fishery.
  • Specified MSY and status determination criteria. Modifying the framework to allow modification to the sub-zone. 
  • Final approval
  • Implementation
  • Pre-scoping
  • Public hearing
  • Rule making
  • Scoping
  • Secretarial review

Species Affected