South Atlantic Fishery Management Council

Snapper Grouper Amendment 56

Amendment Summary

Purpose of Amendment: Respond to most recent stock assessment (SEDAR 76) for black sea bass. 

Action Summary: Establish a rebuilding plan, revise catch levels, consider revision of sector allocations, other black sea bass management measures. 

Key Events

  • June 2023: Amendment development initiated. 
  • September 2023: Council informed by the SSC that a work group is further evaluating projections of future catch, so overfishing limit and acceptable biological catch recommendations will not be available until the March 2024 Council meeting. 
  • March 2024: Acceptable biological catch recommendations made by the SSC. Initial discussions about information necessary to evaluate management changes. 
  • June 2024: Approved for scoping. Directed staff to conduct scoping webinars after the September 2024 Council meeting.

Most recent amendment document

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

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