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Reef Fish Amendment 47: Establish a Vermilion Snapper MSY Proxy and Adjust the Stock Annual Catch Limit


Fishing Type
Commercial, Recreational
Action Status
Final Rule
Point of Contact
Lauren Waters, Lauren.Waters@noaa.gov, 727-524-5305


This Amendment and proposed rule address the calculation for the estimate of the vermilion snapper stock's maximum sustainable yield (MSY) and an increase in the stock annual catch limit (ACL). For vermilion snapper, there is a high degree of variability and a narrow range of spawning biomass data available, which is used to estimate MSY.   Because of this, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management's Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) recommend using a proxy for MSY corresponding to the yield when fishing at a mortality rate 30% of the spawning potential ratio (F30%SPR). Using this proxy, it was determined the stock was neither overfished nor undergoing overfishing, and ultimately suggested the ACL could be increased.


Amendment 47: Establish a Vermilion Snapper MSY Proxy and Adjust the Stock Annual Catch Limit ( contact us for 508 compliant version)


NOAA Fisheries Announces A Reduction in the Gulf of Mexico Vermilion Snapper Annual Catch Limit

FB18-031 Gulf of Mexico Fishery Bulletin; For More Information, Contact: Lauren Waters (727) 824-5305, Lauren.Waters@noaa.gov
May 14, 2018 -

Request for Comments: Proposed Rule to Establish the Maximum Sustainable Yield and Revise the Annual Catch Limit for Vermilion Snapper (Reef Fish Amendment 47)

FB17-081 Gulf of Mexico Fishery Bulletin: For more information, contact: Lauren Waters, 727-824-5305, Lauren.Waters@noaa.gov
December 28, 2017 -

Last updated on 09/10/2019