South Atlantic Fishery Management Council

Snapper Grouper Amendment 50

Amendment Summary

Purpose of Amendment: Respond to the latest stock assessment (SEDAR 60). Red porgy are overfished and overfishing is occurring. The Council is required to establish a rebuilding plan by June 2022 and adjust catch levels and management measures to end overfishing.

Action Summary: Establish a rebuilding plan, revise annual catch limits (ACL), sector allocations, management measures for the commercial and recreational sectors, and accountability measures (AM) for the recreational sector.

Key Events: 

  • June 2020: Amendment development initiated.
  • February 3 & 4, 2021: Scoping hearings held via webinar.
  • September 2021: Public hearing held on Wednesday, September 15, 2021.
  • March 2022: amendment approved for formal review.
  • May 3, 2022: amendment submitted.
  • September 9, 2022: proposed rule published.

Most recent amendment documents

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

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