Amendment 49: Modify Sea Turtle Release Gear and the Reef Fish Framework Procedure



Loggerhead turtle (Caretta carreta) escaping a net equipped with a turtle excluder device.

Fishing Type
Commercial, Recreational
Action Status
Proposed Rule
Point of Contact
Susan Gerhart, 727-824-5305;


Amendment 49 would add three newly approved sea turtle release devices and update the regulations to simplify and clarify the specifications for other release gear requirements.  The new devices and updates would provide more options to fulfill the requirements for sea turtle release gear on board vessels with commercial and charter/for-hire reef fish permits in the Gulf of Mexico.  The amendment would also streamline the procedure to implement newly approved devices and handling procedures in the future. 


Amendment 49: Modifications to the Sea Turtle Release Gear and Framework Procedure for the Reef Fish Fishery


Request for Comments: Proposed Modifications to Sea Turtle Release Gear for the Reef Fish Fishery

FB18-065 Gulf of Mexico Fishery Bulletin; For More Information, Contact: Susan Gerhart, 727-524-5305,
October 04, 2018 -

Last updated by Southeast Regional Office on 03/20/2019