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Descending Device and Venting Tool for the Direct Enhancement of Snapper Conservation and the Economy through Novel Devices Act of 2020 (DESCEND Act)


Red snapper with descending device
Fishing Type
Commercial, Recreational
Action Status
Final Rule
2/14/2022; DESCEND ACT Effective 1/13/2022
Point of Contact
Peter Hood:; 727-824-5305


The DESCEND Act was signed on January 13, 2021, by President Trump and became effective on January 13, 2022.  It added a new section 321 to the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, which requires commercial and recreational fishermen to possess a venting tool or descending device that is rigged and ready for use when fishing for reef fish in the Gulf of Mexico Exclusive Economic Zone.  The DESCEND Act defines both venting tools and descending devices.  This action clarifies the statutory definitions for these devices.

Where can I find more information on descending devices and venting tools?

Federal Register

Supporting Materials

Last updated by Southeast Regional Office on 01/14/2022