Snapper Grouper Amendment 49

Snapper Grouper Amendment 49

(Greater Amberjack Catch Levels and Allocations)

Purpose of Amendment:  To respond to latest stock assessment of greater amberjack (SEDAR 59) through consideration of adjustments to Acceptable Biological Catch, catch levels, allocationsand other management measures for greater amberjack, as well as remove recreational annual catch targets (ACT) in the snapper grouper fishery.  

Action Summary: adopt recommended Acceptable Biological Catch, adjust total Annual Catch Limit and annual Optimum Yield, sector allocations (and sector Annual Catch Limits), consider modifications to minimum size limits, seasonal commercial trip limits, and the April spawning closureand remove recreational ACT for species managed under the Snapper Grouper Fishery Management Plan. 

Key Events: 

  • June 2020: Council received the results of SEDAR 59 
  • March 2021: the Council approved Amendment 49 for scoping.  
  • April 2021: Scoping hearings were held on April 14 and 15, 2021The Snapper Grouper AP reviewed and made recommendations.
  • September 2021: Council reviewed scoping comments, comments from the Snapper Grouper AP, and preliminary analyses and directed inclusion of additional actions and alternatives.
  • December 2021: Council reviewed drafted actions and alternatives and directed further reviisons and analyses.
  • March 2021: Council will review and consider approving for public hearings.


Staff Contact 

Dr. Mike Schmidtke (


Public Comment 

Council Process

  • Pre-Scoping: December 2020
  • Scoping:  April 2021
  • Public Hearing:  
  • Final Approval:  

NMFS Process

  • Secretarial Review:  
  • Rule Making:  
  • Implementation: