- Allow NOAA Fisheries to shorten the season for gag or red grouper if landings exceeded the catch limit in the previous year. Currently, if recreational landings exceed the catch limit for either gag or red grouper in a year, the recreational season for all shallow-water groupers is shortened the following year.
- Change the trigger method for recreational accountability measures to one that compares one year of landings to the annual catch limit. The current method for triggering accountability measures uses a three-year moving average of landings compared to the annual catch limit.
- Allow establishment or modification of accountability measures much quicker through a framework procedure. Currently, a change to accountability measures requires an amendment to the fishery management plan.