NOAA Fisheries Service Has Implemented a Rebuilding Plan for Red Grouper in the South Atlantic

Regulations effective July 11, 2012

NOAA Fisheries Service has implemented a rebuilding plan for red grouper.  A 2010 assessment by the Southeast Data, Assessment and Review (SEDAR) process determined red grouper to be overfished (population too low) and undergoing overfishing (rate of removal too high).  Amendment 24 (red grouper) will implement a plan that has an 81% probability of rebuilding the stock in 10 years.

Actions in Amendment 24 include, among others:

Annual Catch Limits (ACLs) and Accountability Measures (AMs) for both the commercial and recreational sectors An Annual Catch Target for the recreational sector Elimination of aggregate ACLs and AMs for black grouper, gag and red grouper for both sectors

   To view a complete list of Fishery Bulletins, visit the NOAA Fisheries' Southeast Regional Office website at  Relevant copies are also posted on the Council's website at