This amendment increases the allowable amount of shrimp trawl fishing effort in the area of federal waters monitored for juvenile red snapper bycatch. This area in shrimp statistical zones 10-21 is found in federal waters 10-30 fathoms deep roughly off the coasts of Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas. The effort reduction threshold is set to 60% below the effort in baseline years 2001-2003. The amendment also reviews the shrimp fishery management plan framework procedure to allow changes to allowable fishing effort through an expedited process.
This final rule is effective March 9, 2020.