Illustrations of various snapper-grouper species

Amendment to modify the overfished definition for select snapper-grouper species in the South Atlantic - Regulatory Amendment 21 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region

  

This amendment would prevent snapper-grouper species with low natural mortality rates (red snapper, blueline tilefish, gag, black grouper, yellowtail snapper, vermilion snapper, red porgy, and greater amberjack) from being unnecessarily classified as overfished. 

For these species, even small fluctuations in biomass due to natural conditions rather than fishing mortality may cause a stock to be classified as overfished.   Modifying the minimum stock size threshold definition (used in determining whether a species is overfished) would help prevent red snapper, blueline tilefish, gag, black grouper, yellowtail snapper, vermilion snapper, red porgy, and greater amberjack from being classified as overfished unnecessarily.

 

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

Point of Contact:
Kate Michie
Kate.Michie@noaa.gov  

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