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Amendment 56: Modifications to Catch Limits, Sector Allocation, and Recreational Fishing Seasons for Gulf of Mexico Gag


Fishing Type
Commercial, Recreational
Affected Species
Action Status
Proposed Rule
Point of Contact
Daniel Luers, 727-824-5305, Daniel.Luers@noaa.gov
Read Amendment


The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) requires that a Fisheries Management Council prepare and implement a rebuilding plan within two years of notification that the stock is overfished. The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council was notified by NMFS of the overfished status of the gag stock on January 26, 2022, following the SSC’s review of the most recent Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) gag stock assessment, SEDAR 72. The Council and NMFS are developing Amendment 56 with the goal of having the management measures implemented by NMFS in January 2024. Amendment 56 would modify the status determination criteria, optimum yield, catch limits, accountability measures, sector allocations, and the recreational fishing season and establish a rebuilding timeline for Gulf gag. The need for this action is to use the best scientific information available to end overfishing of Gulf gag and rebuild the stock to a level commensurate with maximum sustainable yield, consistent with the authority under the Magnuson-Stevens Act.

Federal Register


Request for Comments: Changes to Catch Levels, Sector Allocations, Recreational Accountability Measures, Recreational Fishing Season, and the Rebuilding Plan for Gulf of Mexico Gag

FB23-082: Gulf of Mexico Fishery Bulletin. For more information, contact: Dan Luers: (727) 824-5305; Daniel.Luers@noaa.gov
November 09, 2023 -

Request for Comments: Notice of Availability for Amendment 56 and the Rebuilding Plan for Gulf of Mexico Gag

FB23-075: Gulf of Mexico Fishery Bulletin. For more information, contact: Daniel Luers: (727) 824-5305; Daniel.Luers@noaa.gov
October 18, 2023 -

Last updated by Southeast Regional Office on 11/09/2023