CE-BA 3 (Comprehensive Ecosystem-Based Amendment 3)

CE-BA 3 (Comprehensive Ecosystem-Based Amendment 3)

Proposed actions:  The action in CE-BA 3 considers improvements in bycatch/discard data collection methods to better quantify all sources of fishing mortality in South Atlantic fisheries.  Alternatives consider expanding aspects of the Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program's Release, Discard and Protected Species Module to coastal migratory pelagic (SA Council area only) and dolphin and wahoo fisheries; and also implementing a commercial observer program at 2-5% coverage levels for snapper grouper, coastal migratory pelagic (SA Council area only), dolphin and wahoo, and golden crab vessels.

At their March 2013 meeting, the Council delayed action on CE-BA 3 until a presentation by NOAA General Counsel staff was provided that assesses how the Council is meeting bycatch requirements under the Magnuson Act for SA fisheries.  The NOAA General Counsel assessment was scheduled for the September 2013, December 2013 and March 2014, and the June 2014 Council meeting.  Accordingly, the Council will revisit discussions regarding CE-BA 3 in Decemnber 2014

Public Hearing

SAFMC Process



Public Hearing

Final Approval

December 2011

January/February 2012

August 2012


NMFS Process

Secretarial Review

Rule Making