CMP Amendment 32

Coastal Migratory Pelagics Amendment 32

(Gulf Migratory Group Cobia)

Purpose of Amendment: the results of SEDAR 58 for Gulf cobia indicate that the stock is currently undergoing overfishing - this amendment includes actions to end overfishing of Gulf cobia and update the Coastal Migratory Pelagics framework procedures to clarify the language about the responsibilities of each Council 

Action Summary: adoption of new catch level recommendations; Gulf and Florida East Coast Zone apportionment; sector allocations; Annual Catch Targets; bag limits, vessel limits, and size limits; framework procedure.  

Key Events: 

  • April 2021: Mackerel Cobia Adbisory Panel discusses amendment. 
  • August 2021: Gulf Council approves amendment for public hearings. 
  • September 2021: South Atlantic Council approves amendment for public hearings. 
  • October 2021: public hearings were held. 
  • October 2021: Gulf Council scheduled took final action 
  • December 2021: South Atlantic Council approved the amendment for formal secretarial review. 


Staff Contact:

Christina Wiegand (


Public Comments –

Council Process

  • Pre-Scoping:  
  • Scoping:  
  • Public Hearing:  October 2021
  • Final Approval:  December 2021

NMFS Process

  • Secretarial Review:  
  • Rule Making:  
  • Implementation: