NOAA Fisheries requests your comments on a proposed rule for recreational greater amberjack management measures in the Gulf of Mexico. Comments are due by February 10, 2018.
Summary of Proposed Changes:
- The proposed rule modifies the greater amberjack recreational fishing year from January 1 – December 31 to August 1 – July 31.
- This proposed rule would change the greater amberjack recreational seasonal closure to November 1 – April 30 and June 1 – July 31.
Proposed Fishing Year and Fixed Closed Seasons
|August - October||November - April||
June - July
How to Comment on the Proposed Rule:
The comment period is open now through February 10, 2018. You may submit comments by electronic submission or by postal mail. Comments sent by any other method (such as e-mail), to any other address or individual, or received after the end of the comment period, may not be considered by NOAA Fisheries.
FORMAL FEDERAL REGISTER NAME/NUMBER: 83 FR 3670, published January 26, 2017
Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal.
- Go to https://www.regulations.gov
- Click the "Comment Now!" icon, complete the required fields.
- Enter or attach your comments.
Mail: Submit written comments to Kelli O’Donnell, Southeast Regional Office, NMFS, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Why is the recreational fishing year changing?
- The change in fishing year is expected to improve recreational fishermen’s access to greater amberjack.
- It would provide an opportunity to harvest this species when other targeted reef fish species are prohibited from harvest (fall opening).
- A fishing year beginning August 1 would also reduce the likelihood of an in-season quota closure.
Why is the recreational fixed closed season changing?
- The current recreational fixed closed season is January 1 – June 30.
- The intent of the January 1 – June 30 closure was to provide the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council more time to consider the most appropriate recreational closed season.
- The new fixed closed season of November 1 - April 30 and June 1 - July 31 would protect the greater amberjack population during peak spawning and still allow for a spring and fall recreational harvest.
Where can I find more information on the Greater Amberjack Fishing Year and Recreational Fixed Closed Season Framework?
- Contact NOAA Fisheries, Southeast Regional Office
By Mail: Kelli O’Donnell
NOAA Fisheries, Southeast Regional Office
Sustainable Fisheries Division
263 13th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, Florida 33701-5505
By FAX: (727) 824-5308
By Phone: (727) 824-5305
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