South Atlantic Fishery Management Council

Snapper Grouper Amendment 49

Amendment summary

Purpose of Amendment:  To respond to the 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 the 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: Amendment initiated.
  • March 2021: Approved for scoping.
  • April 2021: Scoping hearings were held on April 14 and 15, 2021. Snapper Grouper AP reviewed and made recommendations.
  • March 2022: Council approved for public hearings.
  • April 2022: Snapper Grouper AP reviewed and provided recommendations for preferred alternatives.
  • June 2022: Public hearing held.
  • September 2022: Amendment approved for formal review.
  • April 2023: Amendment submitted.
  • September 2023: Amendment approved (9/18/23)

Most recent amendment document

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

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