Snapper Grouper Amendment 35

Snapper Grouper Amendment 35 (Removal of species from the Snapper Grouper Fishery Management Unit & golden tilefish longline endorsement issues)

Proposed actions:  

  • This amendment would remove 4 species from the Snapper Grouper FMU:  black snapper, dog snapper, mahogany snapper, and schoolmaster. 
  • Additionally, the Council added an action to the amendment to address issues with golden tilefish longline endorsements

Representatives from the State of Florida requested the South Atlantic Council remove the above 4 species from the Snapper Grouper FMU as well as Nassau grouper.  At their June 2014 meeting, however, the Council opted to retain Nassau grouper in the FMU given its ESA status.  Florida regulations would be extended into federal waters off Florida to manage the remaining 4 species.

Scoping for Amendment 35 took place in August 2014.  At their September meeting, the Council reviewed the scoping comments and provided guidance to continue development of the amendment.  The Council reviewed the amendment at their December 2014 meeting and the amendment went out for public hearings in January 2015. The Council reviewed public hearing comments at the March 2015 Council meeting and approved the amendment for Secretarial review in June 2015. 


SAFMC Process



Public Hearing

Final Approval

December 2013

August 2014

January 2015

June 2015

NMFS Process

Secretarial Review

Rule Making



September 10, 2015

Final Rule - May 23, 2016

June 22, 2016