NOAA Fisheries is seeking public comment on an action to modify management of red grouper recreational fishing.
(1) Establish a two-fish red grouper recreational bag limit. This is a reduction from the current four-fish bag limit, and
(2) Remove an accountability measure that reduced the red grouper recreational bag limit when the previous year’s annual catch limit has been exceeded. With the proposed reduction of the bag limit to 2 fish, this action is no longer necessary.
Need for Action:
In 2013, the red grouper recreational annual catch limit was exceeded by 25% resulting in the 2014 4-fish bag limit being reduced to 3 fish and a recreational season closure on October 3, 2014.
The bag limit reduction to 2 fish is intended to improve recreational fishing opportunities by extending the number of days in the fishing season.
The removal of the post-season accountability measure action is intended to provide consistency in the recreational sector.
How to Submit Comments:
NOAA Fisheries must receive comments on this proposed rulemaking no later than February 26, 2015. You may submit comments on the amendment or the proposed rule, identified by “NOAA-NMFS-2014-0513”, by one of the following methods:
Electronic Submission: Go to the federal e-Rulemaking Portal at
click the “Comment Now!” icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments. NOAA Fisheries will accept anonymous comments. Attachments to electronic comments will be accepted in Microsoft Word, Excel, WordPerfect, or Adobe PDF file formats only. Comments received through means not specified in this bulletin may not be considered.
Mail: NOAA Fisheries
Southeast Regional Office
Sustainable Fisheries Division
c/o Rich Malinowski
263 13th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, Florida 33701-5505
All comments received are a part of the public record and will generally be posted for public viewing on the regulations.gov website without change. All personal identifying information (e.g., name, address, etc.), confidential business information, or otherwise sensitive information submitted voluntarily by the sender will be publicly accessible.