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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BI81 Publication ID: Spring 2020 
Title: Regulatory Amendment 29 to the Snapper Grouper Fishery Management Plan 

NMFS proposes regulations to implement the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s Regulatory Amendment 29 to the Snapper-Grouper Fishery Management Plan. Commercial and recreational fishermen have expressed concern about regulations that result in released fish that do not survive, particularly South Atlantic red snapper. To improve the survivorship of released fish, the Council recommended measures that aim to minimize the impact of capture. In implementing the Council’s recommendations, this action proposes to require descending devices be on board commercial, for-hire, and private recreational vessels while fishing for or possessing snapper-grouper species. It also proposes to require the use of non-offset, non-stainless-steel circle hooks when fishing for snapper-grouper species with hook-and-line gear and natural baits north of 28 degrees north latitude and require all hooks be non-stainless-steel when fishing for snapper-grouper species. Finally, this action proposes to remove the powerhead prohibition in federal waters off South Carolina to allow for more consistent regulations for the dive component of the fishery.

Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Deregulatory 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 622   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  04/21/2020  85 FR 22118   
NPRM Comment Period End  05/06/2020 
Final Action  06/15/2020  85 FR 36166   
Final Action Effective  07/15/2020 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Roy E. Crabtree
Regional Administrator, Southeast Region
Department of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
263 13th Avenue South,
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Phone:727 824-5305
Fax:727 824-5308