South Atlantic Fishery Bulletin
FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: July 26, 2017
CONTACT: Sustainable Fisheries, 727-824-5305
Final Rule for Hogfish Management in South Atlantic Federal Waters
NOAA Fisheries announces a final rule for Amendment 37 to the Fishery Management Plan for
the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region (Amendment 37). Hogfish in the
South Atlantic will be managed as two populations: Georgia through North Carolina and Florida
Keys/East Florida. A population assessment determined that the Florida Keys/East Florida
population is undergoing overfishing (rate of removal is too high) and is overfished (population
abundance is too low) and, therefore, in need of a rebuilding plan. The overfishing and
overfished status of the Georgia/North Carolina population is unknown.
WHEN RULE WILL TAKE EFFECT:
Regulations will be effective August 24, 2017.
WHAT THIS MEANS:
The final rule for Amendment 37 will implement the following management measures in
addition to specifying commercial and recreational annual catch limits and accountability
Management Measures Georgia-North Carolina Florida Keys/East Florida
Minimum size limit 17 inches fork length 16 inches fork length
(for both commercial and
Commercial trip limit 500 pounds whole weight 25 pounds whole weight
Recreational bag limit 2 fish per person per day 1 fish per person per day
Recreational fishing season Open year-round Open – May through October
Closed- January through April; November through December
FORMAL FEDERAL REGISTER NAME/NUMBER: 82 FR 34584, published July 25, 2017.
This bulletin serves as a Small Entity Compliance Guide, complying with section 212 of the
Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996.
What are the final actions in Amendment 37 for the Georgia/North Carolina population?
~Specify a total annual catch limit, and commercial and recreational annual catch limits
based on revised sector allocations of 69.13% commercial and 30.87% recreational.
~Specify a 33,930 lbs ww total annual catch limit; the commercial annual catch limit will
be 23,456 lbs ww, and the recreational annual catch limit will be 988 fish.
~Establish a recreational annual catch target equal to 85% of the recreational annual catch
limit at 840 fish.
~Increase the commercial and recreational minimum size limit to 17 inches fork length.
~Establish a commercial trip limit of 500 lbs ww.
~Establish a recreational bag limit of two fish per person per day.