Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Fishery Management Plan

Actions

2019 Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish In-Season Actions

This is a list of the in-season actions related to the Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Fishery Management Plan, such as fishery closures, that occurred in the 2019 calendar year.
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Issued
12/31/2019

Framework Action: Modification of Gulf of Mexico Red Grouper Annual Catch Limits and Annual Catch Targets

The purpose of the rule is to continue the Gulf red grouper commercial and recreational annual catch limit (ACL) and annual catch target (ACT) reductions implemented in 2019. The reductions in harvest in 2019 were put in place through an emergency rule.
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Comments Close
08/19/2019

Framework Action: Greater Amberjack Commercial Trip Limits

This framework and rulewould reduce the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) greater amberjack commercial trip limit from 1,500 lbs gutted weight (gw) to 1,000 lbs gw with a step-down to 250 lbs gw when 75 percent of the quota has been landed.The need for this action
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Issued
07/01/2019

Framework Action: Replacement of Historical Captain Permits with Standard Federal Charter/Headboat Permits

This amendment and rule will provide an opportunity for eligible individuals to replace historical captain permits in the reef fish and coastal migratory pelagicfisheries with standard federal for-hire permits.The rule would apply to individuals that had
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Issued
05/28/2019

Carryover Provisions and Framework Modifications

The purpose of this amendment to is establish a carryover provision for managed reef fish and coastal migratory pelagic (CMP)stocks. Carryover provisions would apply to stocks and stock complexes with sector allocations. Unused portions of the sector
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Issued
03/11/2019

Emergency Rule to Modify the Gulf of Mexico Red Grouper Annual Catch Limit

This temporary rule would reduce the Gulf red grouper commercial and recreational annual catch limits and associated annual catch targets to provide increased protections to the stock. The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council requested commercial
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Published
03/05/2019

Gulf of Mexico Modifications to Charter Vessel and Headboat Reporting Requirements

The For-Hire Electronic Reporting Amendment would modify data reporting requirements for federally permitted for-hire vessels (charter vessels and headboats) in the Gulf of Mexico to declare (hail-out) the type of trip (for-hire or other) prior to
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Published
10/26/2018

Amendment 50A-F: State Management Program for Recreational Red Snapper

NOAA Fisheries, in collaboration with the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council), is developing a State Management Program Amendment for Recreational Red Snapper to the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for the Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of
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Published
01/17/2017

Amendment 49: Modify Sea Turtle Release Gear and the Reef Fish Framework Procedure

Amendment 49 would add three newly approvedseaturtlerelease devices and update the regulations to simplify and clarify the specifications for other release gear requirements.The new devices and updates would provide more options to fulfill the
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Effective
06/17/2019

Framework Action: Modification of Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper and West Florida Hogfish Annual Catch Limits

The purpose of the framework is to modify the annual catch limits (ACLs) for Gulf red snapper and west Florida hogfish based on the most recent stock assessments. The assessmentsindicated that neither stock was overfished or experiencing overfishing.
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Effective
04/04/2019

Framework Action: Modification to the Recreational Red Snapper Annual Catch Target Buffers

The purpose of this framework is to reduce the federal for-hire component's red snapper annual catch target (ACT) buffer to a level that wouldallow a greater harvest in 2019 while continuing to constrain landings to the for-hire component and total
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Effective
04/04/2019

Framework Action: Modification to the Recreational Red Snapper Annual Catch Target Buffers & Modification of Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper and West

The actions in these two framework amendments will be combined during the rule making process, allowing the public to see the resulting ACLs and provide comment. The purpose of the framework actions are tomodify the annual catch limits (ACLs) for Gulf
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Effective
04/04/2019

Framework Action: Modifications to Mutton Snapper and Gag Management Measures

This framework modifies mutton snapper allowable harvest based on revised scientific recommendations and considers simplified management measures allowing for consistency of mutton and gag regulations between sectors, between state and federal waters,
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Effective
07/23/2018

Reef Fish Amendment 36A: Modifications to Commercial Individual Fishing Quota Programs

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council took final action on Amendment 36A at their April 2017 meeting. The purpose of this action improve compliance and increase management flexibility in the Gulf individual fishing quota (IFQ) programs as well as
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Effective
07/12/2018

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

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
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Effective
06/13/2018

Framework Action to Modify the Greater Amberjack Fishing Year and the Recreational Fixed Closed Season

This framework modifies the recreational fishing year and fixed closed season for Gulf of Mexico greater amberjack. Amendment (This amendment needs to be updated from the library) Modifications to the Greater Amberjack Fishing Year and the
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Effective
04/30/2018

Framework Action to Modify the Number of Unrigged Hooks Carried Onboard Bottom Longline Vessels

This framework allows for an unlimited number of unrigged hooks onboard commercial reef fish vessels with a bottom longline endorsement; however, no more than 750 hooks can be fished or rigged for fishing. (This page needs to be tagged with the
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Effective
02/06/2018

Framework Action to Modify Greater Amberjack Allowable Harvest and Rebuilding Plan

This framework modifies the allowable harvest and rebuilding plan for the Gulf of Mexico greater amberjack stock as a result of the most recent stock assessment and modifies the recreational fixed closed season. (This page needs to be tagged with
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Effective
01/27/2018

Reef Fish Amendment 46: Gray Triggerfish Rebuilding Plan

This Amendment and proposed rule address a determination that the rebuilding of the Gulf gray triggerfish stock is not making adequate progress. The amendment and rule would establish a 9-year rebuilding time period, retain the current gray triggerfish
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Effective
01/16/2018

Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Historical Amendments and Rulemaking (1983-2017)

The followingis a list of historic rulemakings to the Fishery Management Plan for Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Resources effective 2017 and earlier. The reef fish management plan is designed to rebuild declining reef fish stocks and support the sustainable
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Issued
12/31/2017

Amendment 44: Minimum Stock Size Threshold Revision for Reef Fish Stocks with Existing Status Determination Criteria

A stock is considered overfished when the population size is considered too low. If this occurs, a rebuilding plan is needed. For managed stocks, overfished thresholds (also known as minimum stock size thresholds) are established so that if the
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Effective
12/28/2017

Modifications to Federally Permitted Seafood Dealer Reporting Requirements

Effective August 7, 2014, the action modifies permitting and reporting requirements for seafood dealers who first receive federally managed species. This action is intended to improve the accuracy, completeness, consistency, and timeliness of data
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Effective
08/07/2014

Modification of the Coastal Migratory Pelagic and Reef Fish Charter Vessel/Headboat Permit Renewal and Transfer Requirements

March 2013 Regulations implemented through the Coastal Migratory Pelagic and Reef Fish Fishery Management Plans limit Gulf for-hire permit transfers and renewals to vessels that have the same passenger capacity or a lower passenger capacity. This
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Effective
08/30/2013

Last updated by Southeast Regional Office on 07/02/2019