Amendment 28 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region

Docket ID: NOAA-NMFS-2013-0040
Agency: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Parent Agency: Department of Commerce (DOC)
In 2012, a limited red snapper fishing season was established through an emergency action under the Magnuson-Stevens Act. At that time, the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (South Atlantic Council) determined that some directed harvest could be allowed without compromising the rebuilding of the red snapper stock to target levels, and they saw the limited harvest as an opportunity to collect additional data on red snapper. Similarly, the South Atlantic Council has determined that retention of a limited number of red snapper, beginning in 2013, would not jeopardize the rebuilding of the red snapper stock if the acceptable biological catch (ABC) is not exceeded the previous year. As such, the South Atlantic Council has outlined a process in Amendment 28 where the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) would calculate the magnitude of red snapper harvest that would be allowed each year. If harvest is allowed (when last year’s mortality level is less than last year’s ABC), NMFS would announce the annual catch limit (ACL) as computed by the equation outlined in Amendment 28. The South Atlantic Council has chosen potential start dates for the commercial and recreational seasons in the amendment as the 2nd Monday and 2nd Friday in July, respectively. NMFS would also announce the end dates of the recreational season; the commercial season would be closed when the ACL is projected to be met. In Amendment 28, the South Atlantic Council also has specified the following preferred alternatives: (1) a commercial trip limit of 75 pounds gutted weight; (2) a recreational bag limit of one per person per day; and (3) removal of the minimum size limit.
RIN: 0648-BC63
Impacts and Effects: None
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 622
Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant
UA and Regulatory Plan Information open glossary dialog  
Publication Period: Fall 2013
Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Completed Action
Major Rule: No
Legal Authorities: 16 USC 1801 et seq
Legal Deadlines: None
Government Levels Affected: No
Federalism Implications: No
Unfunded Mandates: No
Requires Regulatory Flexibility Analysis: No
Small Entities Affected: No
International Impacts: No
Energy Effects: No
Included in Regulatory Plan: No
ActionDateFR Citation
Notice of Availability03/12/201378 FR 15672
NPRM04/29/201378 FR 25047
Final Action07/24/201378 FR 44461
Docket Details open glossary dialog  
Related RINs: 0648-BC63
Related Dockets: None
Type: Rulemaking

Primary Documents

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Comment Period Closed
May 29, 2013 11:59 PM ET
Proposed Rule
Posted: 04/29/2013
ID: NOAA-NMFS-2013-0040-0038
Comment Period Closed
May 13, 2013 11:59 PM ET
Proposed Rule
Posted: 03/12/2013
ID: NOAA-NMFS-2013-0040-0001
Comment Period Closed
Posted: 07/24/2013
ID: NOAA-NMFS-2013-0040-0067

Supporting Documents

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Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 03/12/2013
ID: NOAA-NMFS-2013-0040-0002


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Agency Contact
Roy E. Crabtree
Southeast Regional Administrator
727 824-5305
727 824-5308 (Fax)
263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
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