Regulatory Amendment 4: Spiny Lobster Annual Catch Limits and Targets and Recreational Trap Prohibition in the South Atlantic
Using a longer time series of data, this Amendment updates the spiny lobster MSY proxy and Maximum Fishing Mortality Threshold to equal the revised Over Fishing Limit of 10,460,000 pounds. The Amendment also sets the Annual Catch Limit (ACL) equal to the Acceptable Biological Catch (ABC) at 9,600,000 pounds, and sets the Annual Catch Target 10% below that, at 8,640,000 pounds. This amendment also establishes a trigger mechanism to convene a review panel if a minimum value of landings is not met for two consecutive years. Finally, the amendment prohibits the use of traps for recreational harvest of spiny lobster in the South Atlantic federal waters.
This final rule is effective July 23, 2018.