South Atlantic Fishery Management Council

Snapper Grouper Amendment 52

Amendment summary

Purpose of Amendment: To respond to the latest stock assessment for golden tilefish in the South Atlantic region and to modify management measures for blueline tilefish.

Action Summary: 

  • Establish different start dates for commercial golden tilefish hook and line and long line seasons 
  • Revise accountability measures for golden tilefish 
  • Adjust the recreational bag limit for blueline tilefish  
  • Modify blueline tilefish recreational accountability measures 

Key Events

  • June 2021: The Council received the results of SEDAR 66 
  • October 2021: the Snapper Grouper AP will discuss and provide recommendations 
  • December 2021: The Council reviewed the AP’s recommendations and an options paper and approved the amendment for scoping.  
  • February 2022: Public Scoping webinars were held February 1, 2, & 3 and online comments solicited.
  • 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