SOUTHEAST FISHERY BULLETIN
October 7, 2014
NOAA Fisheries Publishes a Final Rule Affecting Snapper-Grouper Species
(Effective November 6, 2014)
NOAA Fisheries has published a final rule to re-define the overfished (the population is too small) threshold for eight snapper-grouper species. The final rule for Regulatory Amendment 21 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region (Regulatory Amendment 21) published in the Federal Register on October 7, 2014 [79 FR 60379].
Regulatory Amendment 21 Action
This rule is administrative in nature and establishes new criteria for determining when red snapper, blueline tilefish, gag, black grouper, yellowtail snapper, vermilion snapper, red porgy, and greater amberjack are overfished.
Establishing a new threshold for determining whether or not the above species are considered overfished is expected to prevent the need for restrictive management actions when reductions in the population are due to non-fishing related factors i.e., naturally occurring events such as weather or water temperature shifts.
The Framework Action and the final rule may be obtained from:
- The NOAA Fisheries Website: http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/sustainable_fisheries/s_atl/sg/2014/reg_am21/index.html
For more information on the Framework Action, please click on this link to the Framework Action Frequently Asked Questions found at: http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/sustainable_fisheries/s_atl/sg/2014/reg_am21/index.html.
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NOAA Fisheries Publishes a Final Rule Affecting Snapper-Grouper Species - Effective November 6, 2014