Snapper Grouper Amendment 29

Snapper Grouper Amendment 29

Proposed actions: At the June 2013 Council meeting, the Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) presented to the Council their recommended changes to the Acceptable Biological Catch (ABC) Control Rule. In addition, the SSC provided ABC recommendations for "Only Reliable Catch Stocks".To implement these recommendations, the Council requested development of Amendment 29.A Decision Document/Options Paper was presented to the Council at their September 2013 meeting. At the September meeting, Council removed blue line tile fish; included a 3-year review provision for the ORCS species; and requested to add actions related to gray trigger fish.

Public hearings were held in January 2014 and the Council will reviewed public hearing comments at the March 2014 Council meeting. The Council revised the Purpose and Need, the range of alternatives for each action, and selected preferred alternatives. The Council reviewed the amendment at their June 2014 meeting and requested some changes to alternatives to address concerns about scamp grouper. Council took public comment on the amendment at their Septebmer 2014 meeting and approved the amendment for Secretarial review. The amendment is under Secretarial Review. 


SAFMC Process



Public Hearing

Final Approval

June 2013


Jan 2014

September 2014

NMFS Process

Secretarial Review

Rule Making



Submitted October 14, 2014

Proposed Rule: December 8, 2014 (comments due Jan 7, 2015)

Final Rule: June 1, 2015

July 1, 2015