Snapper-Grouper Regulatory Amendment 15

 

Yellowtail Snapper

Regulatory Amendment 15  would increase the total annual catch limit and optimum yield, commercial annual catch limit, recreational annual catch limit, and recreational annual catch target for yellowtail snapper.  The total annual catch limit and optimum yield would increase from 2,173,875 to 3,037,500 pounds whole weight.  The commercial annual catch limit would increase from 1,142,589 to 1,596,510 pounds whole weight.  The recreational annual catch limit would increase from 1,031,286 to 1,440,990 pounds whole weight.  And the recreational annual catch target would increase from 897,160 to 1,253,661 pounds whole weight.

 

Gag and Shallow-Water Groupers

In 2009, fishery managers implemented a management measure that closes the commercial sector for gag and all other shallow-water groupers for the remainder of the fishing year when the gag annual catch limit is met or projected to be met.   Regulatory Amendment 15 would modify this management measure so that only the commercial sector for gag would close when the gag commercial annual catch limit is met or projected to be met.

Regulatory Amendment 15 would also reduce the gag commercial annual catch limit from 353,940 to 326,722 pounds gutted weight to account for projected gag discard mortality from commercial trips that target co-occurring species (i.e., red grouper and scamp) during a gag closure.

To reach the Sustainable Fisheries Branch staff, please call 727-824-5305.

Point of Contact:
Rick DeVictor
Rick.DeVictor@noaa.gov