CMP Amendment 32

Coastal Migratory Pelagics Amendment 32

(Gulf Migratory Group Cobia)

The results of SEDAR 58 for Gulf Cobia indicate that the stock is currently undergoing overfishing. As a result, this amendment includes actions to end overfishing of Gulf Cobia.

The options include updating the Gulf cobia OFL, ABC, and ACL to incorporate the adjustment of recreational catch to the MRIP-FES. Additional management measures for consideration include modifications to bag limits, vessel limits, and size limits.

Since Gulf Cobia is jointly managed with the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, this amendment will also include options to update the CMP framework procedures to clarify the language about the responsibilities of each Council. Additionally, the South Atlantic Council has directed staff to include an action to revise the Florida East Coast Zone allocation based on the updated recreational estimates. 

The Council will reviewed analyses at their June 2021 meeting and, selected preferred alternatives. The Gulf Council will , and consider approval for public hearings at their August 2021 meeting, and the South Atlantic will do the same at their September 2021 meeting. 

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Staff Contact:

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