South Atlantic Fishery Management Council

Snapper Grouper Amendment 51

Amendment summary

Purpose of Amendment: The South Atlantic stock of Snowy Grouper was reassessed in 2020 through SEDAR 36 Update which indicated that the stock is both overfished and undergoing overfishing. This assessment included landings data which incorporated the new MRIP FES methods. Because previous annual catch limits (ACL) and allocations were based on old methods, this amendment offers the Council the opportunity to update both the ACL and allocations based on these new methods.  

Action Summary: The amendment has 5 proposed actions

  1. Modify the Snowy Grouper ACL 
  2. Modify the Snowy Grouper sector allocations
  3. Modify commercial management measures 
  4. Modify recreational management measures
  5. Modify recreational accountability measures

Key Events

  • March 2021: Council received assessment results and directed staff to begin a plan amendment 
  • September 2021: Council was presented the initial options paper and directed staff to gather additional input from the Snapper Grouper Advisory Panel 
  • October 2021: The Snapper Grouper Advisory Panel will review the options paper and provide feedback 
  • December 2021: The Council reviewed the Advisory Panel feedback and approved the amendment for scoping 
  • February 2022: Public Scoping meetings were held February 1, 2, & 3 via webinar and written public scoping comments accepted
  • March 2022: The Council reviewed public scoping comments

Most recent amendment documents

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

Public comments