Amendment 43 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region
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Amendment 43 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region
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    2017

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Amendment 43 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region
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    The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council is considering a ction to allow fishermen to harvest red snapper while preventing overfishing a nd allowing the stock to rebuild. Harvest of red snapper from federal waters was not allowed from 2014 until November 2017 and the closure caused negative economic and social impacts to those who fish for red snapper. The harvest of red snapper has been closed due to the total removals of red snapper (landings plus dead discards) exceeding the acceptable biological catch established in Amendment 28 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region (Amendment 28) (SAFMC 2013). Amendment 28 established a process that would set the annual catch limit to zero (no mini-season) if total removals (landings plus dead discards) exceeded the acceptable biological catch in the previous year. Dead discards were included in the process to determine the annual catch limit because a portion of red snapper released die as a result of hooking injuries, barotrauma and/or predation. The total removals exceeded the acceptable biological catch in 2014, 2015, and 2016 and the annual catch limit was set to zero in 2015, 2016, and 2017. A mini-season was allowed established in 2017 through an emergency rule.
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