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Mark your calendars for the Spring 2017 meetings of SAFMC Advisory Panels - Snapper Grouper, Mackerel Cobia, and Dolphin Wahoo are set to meet in N. Charleston in April; Habitat & Ecosystem and Law Enforcement is set to meet in Charleston, SC in May.

The Council's Scientific & Statistical Committee and the Socio-Economic Panel will Meet in Charleston, SC on April 24-27, 2017. Stay tuned for more details!

Keep Up With the Council’s Efforts to Develop a Citizen Science Program.

Read the Winter 2017 Issue of the Council's Newsletter: The South Atlantic Update

Learn about NOAA’s Marine Recreational Information Program Transition to the New Mail-Based Fishing Effort Survey

South Atlantic Fishery Management Council

home-1SAFMC, headquartered in Charleston, S.C., is responsible for the conservation and management of fish stocks within the federal 200-mile limit of the Atlantic off the coasts of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and east Florida to Key West.

The role of the council is to develop fishery management plans needed to manage fishery resources within federal waters. The area encompassing federal waters, sometimes referred to as the Exclusive Economic Zone or EEZ, extends offshore from state waters (three miles in the South Atlantic) to 200 nautical miles.

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Regulatory Notice: Last week we posted about the spiny lobster closure. Thanks to helpful input from stakeholders, we realized that our post was misleading. The spiny lobster fishery is still open in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia (2 spiny lobster per person per trip).

The fishery will close, effective April 1, ONLY in the federal and state waters along the Florida coast. It will reopen on August 6. And in Florida, there will be a two day recreational sport season on July 26 & 27th.

We are truly sorry for any confusion our initial post may have caused. Thank you to the fishermen who helped to clarify this.
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03/27/17  ·  

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Regulatory reminder: the 2017-2018 recreational fishing season for Black Sea Bass in the federal waters of the South Atlantic (NC, SC, GA, and the east coast of FL to the Keys) starts on April 1st. See link for details ... See MoreSee Less

03/27/17  ·  

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EDIT: The recreational and commercial Spiny Lobster fisheries in the federal and state waters off the Florida coast will close on April 1, 2017 and will reopen on August 6, 2017. Don't forget that the two day recreational sport season in Florida is July 26 & 27 this year! All other states in the South Atlantic (NC, SC, and GA) are free to harvest 2 spiny lobsters per person per trip. See the link for more information: ... See MoreSee Less

03/24/17  ·  

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NOAA Fisheries Service has announced that the commercial trip limit for vermilion snapper will decrease to 555 lbs whole weight (500 lbs gutted weight) on March 22, 2017. Commercial vermilion landings are projected to reach 75% of the 1st half quota and the reduced trip limit will help to slow the rate of harvest.
Vermilion is managed with split seasons, in which half of the annual catch limit is allocated to Jan-June, and the other half is allocated to July-Dec.
The trip limit will go back to 1100 lbs whole weight (1000 lbs gutted weight) on July 1, 2017.
Read the NMFS Fishery Bulletin here:
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03/20/17  ·  

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03/13/17  ·  

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