South Atlantic Fishery Management Council

Snapper Grouper Amendment 49

Amendment summary

Purpose of Amendment:  To respond to latest stock assessment of greater amberjack (SEDAR 59) through consideration of adjustments to Acceptable Biological Catch, catch levels, allocations, and other management measures for greater amberjack, as well as remove recreational annual catch targets (ACT) in the snapper grouper fishery.  

Action Summary: adopt recommended Acceptable Biological Catch, adjust total Annual Catch Limit and annual Optimum Yield, sector allocations (and sector Annual Catch Limits), consider modifications to minimum size limits, seasonal commercial trip limits, and the April spawning closure, and remove recreational ACT for species managed under the Snapper Grouper Fishery Management Plan. 

Key Events: 

  • June 2020: Council received the results of SEDAR 59 
  • March 2021: the Council approved Amendment 49 for scoping
  • April 2021: Scoping hearings were held on April 14 and 15, 2021. The Snapper Grouper AP reviewed and made recommendations
  • September 2021: Council reviewed scoping comments, comments from the Snapper Grouper AP, and preliminary analyses and directed inclusion of additional actions and alternatives
  • December 2021: Council reviewed drafted actions and alternatives and directed further revisions and analyses
  • March 2021: Council will review and consider approving for public hearings

Most recent amendment documents

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

Public comments