9/9/14 – REMINDER: SAFMC Scheduled to Meet Sept 15-19, 2014 in Charleston, SC

The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council
is scheduled to meet
September 15-19, 2014 at
170 Lockwood Boulevard
Charleston, SC 29403
1-800-968-3569 toll-free

Briefing book materials, including a detailed agenda, agenda highlights, committee meeting overviews, committee documents, and information on the Informal Q&A and Public Comment Session are now available on the Council's website.

Live broadcasts of the meeting will be available each day. 

Register to watch the meeting LIVE via webinar here.

 


Agenda Highlights:

Joint Dolphin Wahoo and Snapper Grouper Committees Meeting:

  • Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 7/Snapper Grouper Amendment 33 -  addresses provisions to allow fishermen to bring dolphin and wahoo fillets from the Bahamas into the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone and updates  regulations allowing recreational fishermen to bring back fillets of species in the snapper grouper management complex. The Council is scheduled to approve the amendment for submission to the Secretary of Commerce. 

Snapper Grouper Committee Meeting:

  • Amendment 29 (ORCS and gray triggerfish) - the amendment outlines procedures for management of stocks with limited data (only reliable catch stocks) and management alternatives for gray triggerfish including changes to size limits, commercial trip limits, and split seasons. The Council is scheduled to approve the amendment for submission to the Secretary of Commerce.

  • Amendment 32 (Blueline tilefish management measures) -  The amendment addresses blueline tilefish and would remove blueline tilefish from the Deepwater Complex, reduce annual catch limits, specify Accountability Measures, implement commercial trip limits, and modify recreational bag limits.  The Council is scheduled to approve  the amendment for submission to the Secretary of Commerce.

  • Regulatory Amendment 20 (Snowy grouper management measures) -  The amendment proposes measures for snowy grouper based on the recent stock assessment. Measures include changing the rebuilding strategy, Acceptable Biological Catch, Annual Catch Limits, modify commercial trip limits and recreational bag limits, consider a commercial split season, and changes to sector allocation. The Council is scheduled to approve the amendment for submission to the Secretary of Commerce.

Mackerel Committee Meeting:

  • Coastal Migratory Pelagics Framework Amendment 2 (Spanish mackerel) - The amendment will revise the quota and trip limit system for commercial harvest of Atlantic Spanish mackerel in the Southern Zone (which is proposed in Amendment 20B, and includes SC, GA and Florida East Coast.) The Council is scheduled to approve the amendment for submission to the Secretary of Commerce.


Public Input 

Wednesday, September 17 at 5:30 PM - Informal Q&A Session - Led by NOAA Fisheries Regional Administrator Dr. Roy Crabtree and Council Chairman Ben Hartig. 

Thursday, September 18 at 4:00 PM - Public Comment - Formal public comment accepted on all amendments scheduled for final approval and other agenda items. See the meeting agenda and briefing book materials available at safmc.net/cms for details.