This amendment reduces the red grouper commercial and recreational annual catch limits and annual catch targets as follows:
|Stock ACL||Commercial ACL||Commercial ACT||Recreational ACL||Recreational ACT|
The combined commercial and recreational landings have been trending down since 2014. Additionally, an interim red group stock analysis suggested that the stock may be in decline and supported a harvest reduction. In October 2018, the Council requested an interim rule to reduce annual catch limits by setting them equal to the red grouper landings from 2017, and initiated work on this amendment. The interim rule published in May 2019, temporarily reduced the annual catch limits while this amendment was developed.
This final rule is effective October 31, 2019.