December 6 – 10, 2010

Hilton New Bern / Riverfront
100 Middle Street
New Bern, NC 28560
Telephone:  (252) 638-3585 Fax:   (252) 638-8112

Summary Motions (posted 1/8/11)

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 Final Agenda (PDF)     Briefing Book  Materials  (posted 11/19/10, updated 11/30/10 and 12/6/10)    

Note: Except for advertised (scheduled) public hearings and public comment sessions, the times indicated on the agenda may be adjusted as necessary to accommodate the completion of agenda items. Interested parties should be aware that meetings may start earlier or later than indicated.

Public Comment

Informal Question / Answer Session - Wednesday, December 8th - 5:30 p.m. - Led by NOAA Fisheries Regional Administrator Dr. Roy Crabtree and Council Chairman David Cupka.

Public Comment Session - Thursday, December 9th - 1:45 p.m. - The Council will take public comment regarding management measures to modify regulations currently approved to end overfishing for red snapper, including an area closure prohibiting the harvest of all snapper grouper species.  If warranted, the Council may approve Regulatory Amendment 10 to the Snapper Grouper Fishery Management Plan for submission to the Secretary of Commerce in order to expedite such changes. (A copy of the amendment will be available at the meeting).  See the briefing book materials for the Snapper Grouper Committee Overview with additional details.

Interested persons will also be provided the opportunity to present oral or written statements relative to other items on the meeting agenda. The amount of time provided to individuals will be determined by the Chairman based on the number of individuals wishing to comment. Persons with like or similar comments are encouraged to pick a spokesperson to make their presentation.

Agenda Highlights 

 Snapper Grouper Committee
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Regulatory Amendment 10 - Contains options to modify current regulations to end
   overfishing of red snapper, including the area closure.  If warranted, the Council may
   approve the Amendment for submission to the Secretary of  Commerce.
Amendment 18A - Includes measures to limit participation in the commercial
  golden tilefish fishery and the black sea bass pot fishery and improve data collection.
  The Committee will review public hearing comments and approve actions.
• Regulatory Amendment 9 - Contains alternatives for trip limits for greater
   amberjack, vermilion snapper, black sea bass, and gag.  Committee will approve for
   public hearings.
Comprehensive Annual Catch Limit (ACL) Amendment - Annual Catch Limits
  and Accountability Measures for species currently not listed as undergoing
  overfishing, including snapper grouper, dolphin, wahoo, golden crab, and sargassum.
  The Committee will approve the amendment for public hearings.

Mackerel Committee
The Committee will review Amendment 18 (developed jointly with the Gulf of Mexico
  Council) outlining ACLs and Accountability Measures for king mackerel,
  Spanish mackerel, and cobia, alternatives for prohibition of bag limit sale, and other
   measures, and approve for public hearings. 

Spiny Lobster Committee
The Committee will review the recent stock assessment update for spiny lobster and
   approve Spiny Lobster Amendment 10 to establish ACLs, AMs and other management
   measures to meet the requirements of the Magnuson-Stevens Act for public hearings.

Ecosystem-Based Management Committee
• Comprehensive Ecosystem-Based Amendment 2
- Includes measures for
  management of octocorals, updates to Essential Fish Habitat, modifications to SC
  Special Management Zones, changes to turtle release gear requirements and other
  measures.  The Committee will approve the amendment for public hearings.