Final Rule Revises Annual Catch Limits for South Atlantic Red Grouper

July 26, 2018

FB18-051 South Atlantic Fishery Bulletin; For more information, contact: Frank Helies, 727-824-5305, frank.helies@noaa.gov

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NOAA Fisheries announces a final rule for red grouper in the South Atlantic.  This rule will reduce the annual catch limits (ACLs) for South Atlantic red grouper in response to the results of the latest population assessment.  The assessment determined that red grouper in the South Atlantic is undergoing overfishing and is overfished.   

 

WHEN RULE WILL TAKE EFFECT: 

  • The rule will take effect on August 27, 2018. 

 

WHAT THIS MEANS:

  • The final rule will reduce the total and sector annual catch limits for red grouper.
  • New annual catch limits (in pounds whole weight) are as follows:
 

Total ACL

Commercial ACL

Recreational ACL

2018

139,000

61,160

77,840

2019

150,000

66,000

84,000

2020 until modified

162,000

71,280

90,720

  

FORMAL FEDERAL REGISTER NAME/NUMBER: 83 FR 35435, published July 26, 2018


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Last updated by Southeast Regional Office on March 20, 2019