Reef Fish Amendment 51 – Establish Gray Snapper Status Determination Criteria, Reference Points, and Modify Annual Catch Limits
This amendment establishes status determination criteria for gray snapper including, an estimate of maximum sustainable yield (MSY), minimum stocks size threshold (MSST), and optimum yield (OY). This amendment also modifies the maximum fishing mortality threshold (MFMT). Finally, the amendment modifies the gray snapper catch limit and removes the annual catch target. The 2020 gray snapper annual catch limit is set at 2,240,000 pounds and the annual catch limit for 2021 and subsequent years is 2,230,000 pounds.
This final rule is effective December 17, 2020.