Fish Rules

DESCEND Act in effect Jan 13th, 2022

The Direct Enhancement of Snapper Conservation and the Economy through Novel Devices Act of 2020 (DESCEND Act) requires persons on commercial, for-hire, and private recreational vessels to have a venting tool or descending device rigged and ready to use when fishing for reef fish species in Gulf of Mexico federal waters. The effective date of the DESCEND Act is January 13, 2022. NOAA Fisheries has a final rule clarifying the definitions of a descending device and venting tool that will publish January 14, 2022.

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Watch DMFD use a descending device on a monster Snowy Grouper:

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