Snapper Grouper Amendment 50

Snapper Grouper Amendment 50

(Red Porgy Catch Levels, Allocations, and Rebuilding)

The Council received a report of the results of SEDAR 60 for Red Porgy at their June 2020 meeting.  Red Porgy are overfished and overfishing is occurring. In addition, the stock is not making adequate progress towards rebuilding. 

The Council also received an Acceptable Biological Catch recommendation from the Scientific & Statistical Committee in June 2020 and subsequently directed staff to begin development of an amendment to address Red Porgy management.

The Council is required to establish a rebuilding plan for Red Porgy no later than June 12, 2022. In September 2020, the Council reviewed an options paper to address catch levels, rebuilding, management measures, and sector allocations.

At the December meeting, the Council reviewed preliminary analyses, recommendations on management measures from the Snapper Grouper Advisory Panel, and approved the amendment for scoping. 

Scoping hearings were held in February 2021 and public comments from those sessions were reviewed during the March Council Meeting. Scroll to the section on Red Porgy in the story map below for information on discussions from the March Council Meeting.

The Council will review updated analyses in June 2021 and approve the amendment for public hearings. 

Staff Contact

Myra Brouwer (


Documents & Public Comment

Council Process

  • Pre-Scoping:  December 2019
  • Scoping:  February 3 & 4, 2021
  • Public Hearing:  
  • Final Approval:  

NMFS Process

  • Secretarial Review:  
  • Rule Making:  
  • Implementation: