Council Meetings

2015 Council Meetings

The King and Prince Resort
201 Arnold Road
St. Simons Island, GA 31522
Phone: 1-800-342-0212 or 912-638-3631/Fax: 912-638-7699
June 8-12, 2015
Doubletree Grand Key Resort
3990 S. Roosevelt Boulevard
Key West, FL 33040
Phone: 1-888-844-0454 or 305-293-1818/Fax: 305-296-6962
September 14-18, 2015
The Beach House Resort
1 South Forest Beach Drive
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
Phone: 1-800-315-2621 or 843-785-5126/Fax: 843-785-7753
December 7-11, 2015
Doubletree by Hilton Oceanfront Hotel
2717 W. Fort Macon Road
Atlantic Beach, NC 28512
Phone: 1-800-222-8733 or 252-240-1155/Fax: 252-240-1452

Archives (2006 - 2014 meeting information and materials, including briefing books)

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Council Meeting Process

Members of the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council meet four times each year, once in each of the four states in the southeast region. Meetings generally last five days and involve meetings of the Council's committees and a Council session involving all members. Advisory panels meetings, public hearings, and public comment sessions may also be scheduled during the week.

During each quarterly Council meeting, committee meetings are held for any fishery that has proposed amendments being developed by the Council. Committees are made up of specific Council members and detailed agendas and documents for each committee meeting are provided to the public prior to the meeting via the Council's website through a briefing book.

Amendments under development must go through the Council process before any final action on a proposed management measure is taken. The steps to the Council process include:

  1. Identification of Management Measure - The Council identifies a specific issue that needs to be addressed in a fishery and instructs staff to begin development of a draft document outlining the issue and the purpose and need to address the issue.

  2. Scoping Process - A scoping document is prepared by Council staff and the Council then gathers input from stakeholders in the region on solutions for addressing the specific fishery issue. This step in the process allows the Council to further understand the fishery issue and potential impacts in order to develop reasonable management actions and alternatives that address the issue.

  3. Public Hearing - Based on feedback from the scoping process, a draft amendment is developed outlining proposed actions and alternatives to address the fishery issue. The Council then holds public hearings to collect more feedback and suggestions on additional alternatives on the issue from stakeholders. Public hearings are held in each state throughout the region in January and August each year. Additionally, a public comment session is always held during the week of the Council meeting to address any amendments under development.

  4. Final Action - After all public input has been received, the Council takes final action through a vote at the quarterly Council meeting to choose their final recommendation for the appropriate management strategies. A final approval vote moves the amendment on to the Secretary of Commerce for final approval and implementation.

At this point in the process, the Council has completed their role in the development of the amendment and it is then sent to NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service for further review, public comment, and approval by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce before being implemented.

Meeting Schedule

Meeting weeks are consistently held in the following order and locations:

  • March – Meeting held the first week of March in Georgia;

  • June – Meeting held the second week of June in Florida;

  • September – Meeting held the third week of September in South Carolina; and

  • December – Meeting held the first week of December in North Carolina.

The Council's Scientific and Statistical Committee meets in conjunction with the June and September meetings.  The Council's Advisory Panel Selection Committee typically meets in conjunction with the June and December meetings. Except for designated closed sessions, the public is invited to attend all meetings.

Archives (2006 - 2014 meeting information and materials, including briefing books)