This amendment increases the commercial and recreational annual catch limits and recreational annual catch targets for Gulf of Mexico red snapper and reduces the stock annual catch limit for west Florida hogfish. The amendment also reduced the buffer between the catch limit and catch target for red snapper for the federal for-hire component from 20% to 9% in 2019 only. The 2018 and new red snapper annual catch limits and annual catch targets in millions of pounds, whole weight, are listed below:
|Red Snapper Sector||2018 annual catch limit||2019+ annual catch limit||2018 annual catch target||2019 and 2020+ annual catch target|
|Recreational Federal For-Hire||2.848||3.130||2.278||
The 2018 and new west Florida hogfish stock catch limits in pounds, whole weight, are listed below.
|Stock catch limit||219,000||129,500||141,300||150,400|
This final rule is effective April 4, 2019.