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Red Snapper Data Calibrations and Catch Limit Modifications


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Fishing Type
Commercial, Recreational
Affected Species
Action Status
Final Rule
Point of Contact
Daniel Luers:; 727-824-5305


This final rule implements two framework actions. The first is the Data Calibrations Framework that modifies the state-specific red snapper private angling component annual catch limits (ACL) using the calibration ratios developed by NMFS’ Office of Science and Technology and the Gulf states. The second is the Catch Limits Framework that increases the Gulf red snapper catch limits consistent with the most recent red snapper interim analysis and subsequent Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Scientific and Statistical Committee recommendations.

For the recreational sector, each Gulf state is allocated a portion of the red snapper private angling component ACL and is responsible for constraining landings to its ACL. However, the state-specific ACLs are not in the same units, or currency, in which each state monitors landings (except Texas). Thus, calibration is necessary to convert the state ACLs into a common currency to monitor landings and reduce the likelihood of exceeding the red snapper private angling component ACL, the total recreational ACL, and the overfishing limit. The Data Calibrations Framework addresses this issue. The Catch Limits Framework would increase the red snapper overfishing limit, acceptable biological catch, ACLs, and annual catch targets.

Federal Register


Final Rule to Implement Two Framework Actions for Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper

FB22-070: Gulf of Mexico Fishery Bulletin. For more information, contact Dan Luers or Rich Malinowski; (727) 824-5305.;
December 01, 2022 -

Request for Comments: Proposed Rule for Two Framework Actions for Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper

FB22-037: Gulf of Mexico Fishery Bulletin; For more information, contact: Rich Malinowski or Daniel Luers, 727-824-5305;,
June 28, 2022 -

Last updated by Southeast Regional Office on 12/02/2022