A descending device must be on board commercial, private, or for-hire vessel fishing for, or possessing species in the snapper/grouper fishery management unit.
For the purpose of this, “descending device” means an instrument to which a minimum of a 16-oz weight is attached and a length of line that will release the fish at the depth from which the fish was caught or a minimum of 50 ft.
The descending device attaches to the fish’s mouth or to a container that the will hold the fish.
The device MUST be capable of releasing the fish automatically, by the actions of the operator of the device, or by allowing the fish to escape on its own.
Since minimizing surface time is critical to increasing survival, descending devices shall be readily available for use while engaged in fishing.