Snapper Grouper Amendment 48

Snapper Grouper Amendment 48

(Wreckfish Individual Transferable Quota (ITQ) Modernization)

In December 2019, the Council reviewed the final version of the 2019 Wreckfish ITQ Review. They received a presentation that outlined work done since the June 2019 meeting and outlined the Conclusions and Recommendations from the review. The Council approved the review as written and directed staff to begin to develop a plan amendment to modernize the Wreckfish ITQ Program.

In addition, the Council requested that the goals and objectives approved in the 2016-2020 Vision Blueprint for the Snapper Grouper Fishery be included in the amendment as the new goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plan. 

At the September 2020 Council meeting, the Council directed staff to hold a meeting with the Wreckfish ITQ shareholders and wholesale dealers to discuss potential actions in Snapper Grouper Amendment 48. A meeting of the Wreckfish shareholders and wholesale dealers was held via webinar on October 26, 2020.

At their December 2020 Council meeting the Council reviewed input from the shareholders and dealers, provided guidance to staff on actions and alternatives to develop, and approved the amendment for scoping at the March 2021 Council Meeting. 

During the March 2021 Council meeting, Staff presented work completed to date, including draft actions and alternatives and received guidance to continue development of the actions and alternatives, including those needed for consideration of a Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) requirement.

Scroll to the section on Wreckfish in the story map below for information on the latest Council discussions relevant to Wreckfish.

The Council will review options for moving the amendment forward and possibly draft actions and alternatives for approval at the September 2021 Council meeting. A meeting of the wreckfish shareholders will be convened this summer.

Staff Contact:

Christina Wiegand (


Public Comments –

Council Process

  • Pre-Scoping:  December 2019
  • Scoping:  
  • Public Hearing:  
  • Final Approval:  

NMFS Process

  • Secretarial Review:  
  • Rule Making:  
  • Implementation: