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FB17-032
FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE D
ATE: June 6, 2017
CONTACT: Kelli O’Donnell, 727-824-5305, Kelli.ODonnell@noaa.gov

Final Rule to Adjust Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper Sector Annual Catch Limits, Annual Catch Targets, and Quotas

                      

KEY MESSAGE:

Amendment 28 to the reef fish fishery management plan shifted 2.5 percent of the red snapper quota allocation from the commercial sector to the recreational sector.  A court order vacated the amendment and requires NOAA Fisheries to reinstate the sector allocations and resulting annual catch limits, annual catch targets, and quotas that were in effect prior to Amendment 28.  Therefore, NOAA Fisheries is implementing a new rule that adjusts the sector annual catch limits, annual catch targets, and quotas based on the sector allocations in place before Amendment 28 for red snapper.   

WHEN RULE WILL TAKE EFFECT:

  • The rule will be effective on June 6, 2017.

WHAT THIS MEANS:

  • The allocation is now 51 percent to the commercial sector and 49 percent to the recreational sector.
  • The combined allowable catch of red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico for the commercial and recreational sectors is 13.74 million pounds whole weight. The recreational sector quota is 6,733,000 pounds whole weight.  The commercial sector quota is 7,007,000 pounds whole weight.
  • The 2.5 percent commercial sector IFQ quota will be distributed as gutted weight, which equals 6,312,613 pounds.
  • The 2.5 percent of the quota that shifts to the commercial sector will be released on or about the effective date of this rule.

FORMAL FEDERAL REGISTER NAMEFisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Reef Fish Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico; Red Snapper Management Measures; Compliance with Court Order, publishing June 7, 2017.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

Why are the annual catch limits, annual catch targets, and quotas changing?

What are the quotas and annual catch targets for 2017?

 

Sector or Component

2017 quota
(pounds whole weight)

2017 Annual Catch Target
(pounds whole weight)

All Recreational

6,603,094*

n/a

   Federal for-hire

2,848,000

2,278,000

   Private angling

3,755,094*

3,004,075**

Commercial

7,007,000

n/a

*Adjusted by 129,906 lbs whole weight to account for 2016 overage, **80% of the adjusted quota


Where can I find more information on the required rule?

By Mail: Kelli O’Donnell
NOAA Fisheries, Southeast Regional Office
Sustainable Fisheries Division
263 13th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, Florida 33701-5505
By FAX: (727) 824-5305
By Phone: (727) 824-5305

 

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