Did they remove buoy gear from the proposed amendment? When I read this a few months ago I thought I remembered reading that the amendment allowed for fishing up to 6 buoys at a time.
The amendment does not authorize buoy gear. Below is taken from the federal register:
"Enact management measures to establish new and modified commercial
vessel permits that would allow for a limited number of swordfish to be caught on rod and reel, handline,harpoon, bandit gear, or green-stick gear".
Buoy gear is intentionally not listed and many discussions at the HMS AP focused on preserving the value of existing limited access permits by limiting catch and gear types. It is no accident that there is no mention of buoy gear.