Amendment 53: Rebuilding Plan for Gag and Management of Gag and Black Grouper
Amendment 53 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region would modify management of South Atlantic gag and black grouper. Because gag is overfished and undergoing overfishing, actions for gag include establishing a rebuilding plan, revising annual catch limits, sector allocations, management measures, and recreational accountability measures. Amendment 53 would also modify recreational management measures for black grouper. Amendment 53 would end overfishing of South Atlantic gag, rebuild the stock, and achieve optimum yield while minimizing, to the extent practicable, adverse social and economic effects.