50 CFR § 622.39 - Quotas.

§ 622.39 Quotas.

See § 622.8 for general provisions regarding quota applicability and closure and reopening procedures. This section, provides quotas and specific quota closure restrictions for Gulf reef fish.

(a) Gulf reef fish -

(1) Commercial quotas. The following quotas apply to persons who fish under commercial vessel permits for Gulf reef fish, as required under § 622.20(a)(1).

(i) Commercial quota for red snapper - 7.701 million lb (3.493 million kg), round weight.

(ii) Deep-water groupers (DWG) have a combined quota, as specified in paragraphs (a)(1)(ii)(A) through (C) of this section. These quotas are specified in gutted weight, that is eviscerated, but otherwise whole.

(A) For fishing year 2014 - 1.110 million lb (0.503 million kg).

(B) For fishing year 2015 - 1.101 million lb (0.499 million kg).

(C) For fishing year 2016 and subsequent fishing years - 1.024 million lb (0.464 million kg).

(iii) Shallow-water groupers (SWG) have separate quotas for gag and red grouper and a combined quota for other shallow-water grouper (Other SWG) species (including black grouper, scamp, yellowfin grouper, and yellowmouth grouper), as specified in paragraphs (a)(1)(iii)(A) through (C) of this section. These quotas are specified in gutted weight, that is, eviscerated but otherwise whole.

(A) Other SWG combined.

(1) For fishing year 2014 - 523,000 lb (237,229 kg).

(2) For fishing year 2015 and subsequent fishing years - 525,000 lb (238,136 kg).

(B) Gag.

(1) For fishing year 2012 - 0.567 million lb (0.257 million kg).

(2) For fishing year 2013 - 0.708 million lb (0.321 million kg).

(3) For fishing year 2014 - 0.835 million lb (0.378 million kg).

(4) For fishing year 2015 and subsequent fishing years - 0.939 million lb (0.426 million kg).

(C) Red grouper - 3.00 million lb (1.36 million kg).

(iv) Tilefishes (including goldface tilefish, blueline tilefish, and tilefish) - 582,000 lb (263,991 kg), gutted weight, that is, eviscerated but otherwise whole.

(v) Greater amberjack -

(A) For fishing year 2018 - 277,651 lb (125,940.38 kg), round weight.

(B) For fishing year 2019 - 349,766 lb (158,651 kg), round weight.

(C) For fishing year 2020 and subsequent years - 421,411 lb (191,149 kg), round weight.

(vi) Gray triggerfish - 88,273 lb (40,040 kg), round weight.

(2) Recreational quotas. The following quotas apply to persons who fish for Gulf reef fish other than under commercial vessel permits for Gulf reef fish and the applicable commercial quotas specified in paragraph (a)(1) of this section.

(i) Recreational quota for red snapper -

(A) Total recreational. The total recreational quota is 7.399 million lb (3.356 million kg), round weight.

(B) Federal charter vessel/headboat component quota. The Federal charter vessel/headboat component quota applies to vessels that have been issued a valid Federal charter vessel/headboat permit for Gulf reef fish any time during the fishing year. A person aboard a vessel that has been issued a charter vessel/headboat permit for Gulf reef fish any time during the fishing year may not harvest or possess red snapper in or from the Gulf EEZ when the Federal charter vessel/headboat component is closed. The Federal charter vessel/headboat component quota is 3.130 million lb (1.420 million kg), round weight.

(C) Private angling component quota. The private angling component quota applies to vessels that fish under the bag limit and have not been issued a Federal charter vessel/headboat permit for Gulf reef fish any time during the fishing year. The private angling component quota is 4.269 million lb (1.936 million kg), round weight.

(ii) Recreational quota for greater amberjack.

(A) For the 2017-2018 fishing year - 716,173 lb (324,851 kg).

(B) For the 2018-2019 fishing year - 902,185 lb (409,224 kg).

(C) For the 2019-2020 fishing year and subsequent fishing years - 1,086,985 lb (493,048 kg).

(b) Restrictions applicable after a commercial quota closure.

(1) If the recreational fishery for the indicated species is open, the bag and possession limits specified in § 622.38(b) and (c) apply to all harvest or possession in or from the Gulf EEZ of the indicated species, and the sale or purchase of the indicated species taken from the Gulf EEZ is prohibited. In addition, the bag and possession limits for red snapper, when applicable, apply on board a vessel for which a commercial permit for Gulf reef fish has been issued, as required under § 622.20(a)(1), without regard to where such red snapper were harvested. The application of bag limits described in this paragraph (b)(1) notwithstanding, bag limits of Gulf reef fish may not be possessed on board a vessel with commercial quantities of Gulf reef fish, i.e., Gulf reef fish in excess of applicable bag/possession limits, on board, as specified in § 622.38(a)(2). The prohibition on sale/purchase during a closure for Gulf reef fish does not apply to Gulf reef fish that were harvested, landed ashore, and sold prior to the effective date of the closure and were held in cold storage by a dealer or processor.

(2) If the recreational fishery for the indicated species is closed, all harvest or possession in or from the Gulf EEZ of the indicated species is prohibited.

(c) Restrictions applicable after a recreational quota closure or recreational component quota closure. The bag limit for the applicable species for the recreational sector or recreational sector component in or from the Gulf EEZ is zero. When the Federal charter vessel/headboat component is closed or the entire recreational sector is closed, this bag and possession limit applies in the Gulf on board a vessel for which a valid Federal charter vessel/headboat permit for Gulf reef fish has been issued, without regard to where such species were harvested, i.e., in state or Federal waters.

[78 FR 22952, Apr. 17, 2013]
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