CMP Amendment 31

CMP Amendment 31

In June 2017, ASMFC requested that the Councils consider transferring management of Atlantic cobia to the ASMFC, which would require that Atlantic cobia be removed from the federal fishery management plan. In June 2017, the South Atlantic Council discussed the request and directed staff to start work on an amendment with an option for complementary management of Atlantic cobia, and an option to remove Atlantic cobia from the federal FMP.

Scoping was held on August 15, 2017. The South Atlantic Council reviewed public input and approved the actions and alternatives to be analyzed in September 2017.

At their December 2018 meeting, the Council reviewed a draft document and selected the removal of Atlantic cobia from the Coastal Migratory Pelagics Fishery Management Plan as their preferred alternative.

Public hearings were held January 22, 23, and 24, 2018 with listening stations available in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. Majority of comments received supported removing Atlantic cobia from federal management as soon as possible.

At the March 2018 Council meeting, the Committee discussed enforcement of Atlantic cobia in federal waters under the preferred alternative, and the timing for Amendment 31 relative to the upcoming Stock ID Workshop for Atlantic cobia (to be held in April) and the amount of time the State of South Carolina may need to get regulations approved in state waters given that they have to go through the S.C. Legislature. The Council chose to wait until the June 2018 meeting to take final action requesting that staff revise the draft amendment to address NOAA General Counsel concerns and send a letter to ASMFC requesting information on how they intend to handle regulations in federal waters under the preferred alternative.



Council Process

  • Scoping:  August 2017
  • Public Hearing:  January 2018
  • Final Approval:  June 2018

NMFS Process

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  • Rule Making:  
  • Implementation: