Advisory Panel Meetings Scheduled for Fisheries Issues

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July 30, 2009 CONTACT: Kim Iverson
Public Information Officer
(843) 571-4366

Advisory Panel Meetings Scheduled for Federal Fisheries Issues

 
The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold meetings of several of its advisory panels in the coming weeks.  Council advisory panels are made up of recreational and commercial fishermen, industry representatives, environmentalists and other interested members of the public who volunteer their time to advise the Council about trends in fisheries, environmental concerns relating to fish habitats, and management impacts on fishermen and fishing communities.  Members of the public are invited to attend.  All meetings will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn, Charleston Airport, 5265 International Blvd., N. Charleston, SC 29418, phone 843/308-9330.

Schedule:
August 4–6 - Snapper Grouper AP Meeting
– The Snapper Grouper AP will review and provide recommendations on Amendments 17A, 17B, and 18 to the Snapper Grouper Fishery Management Plan.  The amendments include measures to meet the requirements of the reauthorized Magnuson-Stevens Act, implement regulations to end overfishing of red snapper and rebuild the stock, extend the fishery management unit northward, and develop/update Limited Access Privilege Programs for the golden tilefish and wreckfish fisheries.  The AP will also review and provide recommendations on the Comprehensive Annual Catch Limit Amendment currently under development.  The meeting begins at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, August 4 and ends at 3:00 PM on Thursday, August 6, 2009.

August 11-12 - Habitat and Environmental Protection AP Meeting –  Agenda items include updates on programs relative to habitat issues in the South Atlantic region, including ocean observing programs, Navy activities, and the South Atlantic Governor’s Alliance, plus regional ecosystem research efforts.  The AP will also review the Comprehensive Annual Catch Limit Amendment and provide recommendations.  The meeting begins at 8:30 AM on August 11 and will conclude at 12:00 Noon on August 12, 2009.

August 12-13 - Law Enforcement AP Meeting – The Law Enforcement AP will develop recommendations for closed areas proposed in Snapper Grouper Amendment 17A and 17B, including the number and location of waypoints, transit provisions, definitions of “gear stowed”, and other issues.  Recommendations will also be developed for Snapper Grouper Amendment 18, including a provision to expand the snapper grouper management unit northward, and Amendment 20 addressing the existing Wreckfish Individual Transferable Quota (ITQ) Program. The meeting will begin at 1:30 PM on August 12 and conclude at 4:00 PM on August 13, 2009.

August 18-19 – King and Spanish Mackerel AP Meeting – The AP will provide recommendations on Amendment 18 to the Coastal Migratory Pelagic Fishery Management Plan to meet requirements of the reauthorized Magnuson-Stevens Act, including the establishment of Annual Catch Limits and Accountability Measures for species in the plan.  Amendment 18 is currently being developed jointly with the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council.  The meeting will begin at 1:00 PM on August 18 and conclude at 3:00 PM on August 19, 2009.

August 19–20 - Dolphin Wahoo AP Meeting -  Members of the AP will review the Comprehensive Annual Catch Limit Amendment currently under development to meet the requirements of the reauthorized Magnuson-Stevens Act, including the establishment of Annual Catch Limits, Annual Catch Targets, and Accountability Measures for species currently not listed as undergoing overfishing, including dolphin and wahoo.  The amendment also includes management alternatives addressing the sale of dolphin from for-hire (charter and headboat) vessels and minimum size limits for dolphin caught in federal waters off the coasts of North Carolina and South Carolina and in the Mid-Atlantic and New England areas.  The meeting begins at 3:30 PM on August 19 and ends at 5:00 PM on August, 20, 2009.

September 1-2 – Coral AP Meeting – The AP will provide recommendations to meet requirements of the reauthorized Magnuson-Stevens Act, including Acceptable Biological Catch, Overfishing Levels, Annual Catch Limits and Accountability Measures for South Atlantic Octocorals.  Recommendations will also be provided for new Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) and Habitat Areas of Particular Concern (HAPC) designations proposed in Comprehensive Ecosystem-Based Amendment 2, and management alternatives that address impacts to Acroporids from the spiny lobster fishery.  The meeting will begin at 8:30 AM on September 1 and conclude at 12:00 Noon on September 2, 2009.

Additional information regarding these meetings, including meeting agendas and briefing book materials will be posted at safmc.net/cms as it becomes available.

The next meeting of the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council is scheduled for
September 14 – 18, 2009 in Charleston, SC.

 

Advisory Panel Meetings Scheduled for Federal Fisheries Issues