Snapper Grouper Amendment 49

Snapper Grouper Amendment 49

(Greater Amberjack Catch Levels and Allocations)

In June 2020 the Council received the results of SEDAR 59 for Greater Amberjack.  Greater Amberjack were determined to be neither overfished nor was overfishing occurring.

This amendment will consider modifications to the annual catch limit, optimum yield, and sector allocations for Greater Amberjack. Additionally, this amendment considers removal of recreational annual catch targets that are not currently being used in management from the Snapper Grouper Fishery Management Plan. 

In March 2021, the Council approved the amendment for public scoping to be held April 14 & 15, 2021.

In June, the Council will review scoping comments, comments from the Snapper Grouper Advisory Panel, and preliminary analyses and provide guidance to staff on further development of the draft amendment. 

Scroll to the section on Greater Amberjack in the story map below for information on discussions from the March Council Meeting.

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: