Amendment 13: Modifications to Spiny Lobster Gear Requirements and Cooperative Management Procedures
Amendment 13 would modify the federal regulations for the harvest of spiny lobster that apply in federal waters off Florida to be compatible with Florida state regulations concerning bully net gear requirements and commercial daily possession limits when using bully nets or diving. Amendment 13 would also re-establish the procedure for an enhanced cooperative management system to provide Florida a mechanism to propose regulations concerning spiny lobster directly to NOAA Fisheries for implementation. Furthermore, Amendment 13 would modify the spiny lobster federal regulations by updating outdated language and the incorporation by reference of the relevant Florida state regulations. These changes would streamline management and provide clarity for law enforcement and anglers.