South Atlantic Fishery Management Council

Snapper Grouper Amendment 41

Amendment Summary

Updated the acceptable biological catch, annual catch limit, maximum sustainable yield, minimum stock size threshold, optimum yield, and management measures for mutton snapper.

Amendment documents

Implemented Regulations

  • Specified an MSY of 912,500 lbs ww, specified MSST = 3,486,900 lbs ww.
  • Revised ACL = OY = ABC = 129,150 fish for 2017, Com ACL = 100,015 lbs ww (for 2017), Rec ACL = 116,127 fish (for 2017).
  • Set rec ACT = 85% rec ACL = 98,708 fish.
  • Increased min size limit from 16in to 18in TL.
  • Designated April-June as spawning months and the rest of the year as the regular season.
  • Kept mutton in the 10-snapper aggregate but reduced the bag limit within the aggregate to 5/p/d year round.
  • Reduced the commercial trip limit to 500 lbs during the regular season and 5/p/d or 5/p/trip whichever is more restrictive during the spawning season.
  • Final approval
  • Implementation
  • Pre-scoping
  • Public hearing
  • Rule making
  • Scoping
  • Secretarial review
Species Affected