Jan/Feb 2012 Public Hearings and Scoping Meetings

Scoping Meetings and Public Hearings for: Comprehensive Ecosystem-Based Amendment 3 (CE-BA 3); Shrimp; Spiny Lobster; Golden Crab; and Golden Tilefish

Note: The Council is accepting written comments on the documents listed below until 5:00 PM on February 15, 2012.

4:00 - 7:00 pm

January 24, 2012

Crowne Plaza Charleston Airport

4831 Tanger Outlet Blvd.

N. Charleston, SC 29418

843/744-4422

 

January 26, 2012

BridgePointe Hotel & Marina

101 Howell Rd.

New Bern, NC 28562

252/636-3637

 

January 30, 2012

Hilton Key Largo Resort

97000 Overseas Hwy.

Key Largo, FL 33037

305/852-5553

 

January 31, 2012 (Note: this is a location change from information published in the FRN)

Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront

1550 North Atlantic Ave.

Cocoa Beach, FL 32931

321/799-0003

 

February 1, 2012

Crowne Plaza Jacksonville Riverfront

1201 Riverplace Blvd.

Jacksonville, FL 32207

904/398-8800

 

February 2, 2012

Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum

175 Bourne Ave.

Pooler, GA 31322

912/748-8888

 

 

 

Meeting Postcard Announcement (PDF)  (Revised: posted 1/19/12))

 

 

Written comments will be received until February 15, 2012.  See Comments section below for additional information. 

 

 

Amendments for Scoping:

Comprehensive Ecosystem-Based Amendment 3 (CE-BA 3):

CE-BA 3 explores options for: restricting the use of powerhead gear by divers off the coast of North Carolina and throughout federal waters in the South Atlantic; the expansion of deepwater coral Habitat Areas of Particular Concern (HAPC); the establishment of mid-shelf Marine Protected Areas (MPA) to help protect speckled hind and warsaw grouper; the designation of a new MPA in the Florida Keys; the establishment of a recreational tag program for deepwater species; the increase in the minimum size limit for hogfish; changes in the bag and size limits for gray triggerfish; and modifications to commercial and for-hire permits and reporting requirements to ensure that Annual Catch Limits (ACL) are not exceeded.

Comments may be directed to: CEBA3ScopingComment@safmc.net

 

CE-BA 3 Scoping Document (Revised: posted 1/19/12)

 

 

Shrimp Amendment 9:

Shrimp Amendment 9 would modify the current protocol used by individual states to request concurrent closures of federal waters during severe cold weather.  This would expedite the closure process and help protect over-wintering shrimp populations.  The amendment would also revise the Minimum Stock Size Threshold (MSST) proxy for pink shrimp.

Comments may be directed to: ShrimpAmend9ScopingComment@safmc.net

 

Shrimp Amendment 9 Scoping Document

 

 

 

Amendments for Public Hearing:

 

Spiny Lobster Amendment 11:

Spiny Lobster Amendment 11 for the South Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico implements conservation measures to help protect threatened and endangered species in a manner that complies with the measures established in the 2009 biological opinion on the spiny lobster fishery.  Actions include: measures to create new area closures for the commercial lobster trap fishery in federal waters off the coast of Florida to help protect staghorn and elkhorn coral from gear impacts; and alternatives for commercial trap line marking requirements.

Comments may be directed to: SpLobAmend11PHComment@safmc.net

 

Spiny Lobster Draft Amendment 11 (appendices included)

 

Spiny Lobster Amendment 11 Public Hearing Summary

 

Enmienda 11 de Langosta Espinosa: Guia de Vista Publica (Public Hearing Summary in Spanish)

 

 

Golden Crab Amendment 6:

Golden Crab Amendment 6 includes alternatives to establishing a catch share program for the commercial golden crab fishery in the South Atlantic.

Comments may be directed to: GCrabAmend6PHComment@safmc.net

 

Golden Crab Amendment 6 (Revised: posted 1/19/12)

 

          Appendix A: Considered but Rejected Actions and Alternatives

 

Golden Crab Amendment 6 Public Hearing Summary

 

 

Snapper Grouper Amendment 18B:

Snapper Grouper Amendment 18B would: limit participation in the commercial golden tilefish fishery through the establishment  of endorsements for the longline and hook-and-line sectors; consider changes to the fishing year; set allocations between gear groups; modify/establish trip limits; and set modifications for the ACL. 

Comments may be directed to: SGAmend18BPHComment@safmc.net

 

Snapper Grouper Amendment 18B (golden tilefish)

 

Snapper Grouper Amendment 18B (golden tilefish) Public Hearing Summary (Revised - posted 2/8/12)

 

 

Comments

Written comments should be sent to Bob Mahood, Executive Director, South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201, N. Charleston, SC 29405 or via email to:

 

CEBA3ScopingComment@safmc.net for Comprehensive Ecosystem-Based Amendment 3

 

ShrimpAmend9ScopingComment@safmc.net for Amendment 9 to the Shrimp Fishery Management Plan (FMP)

 

SpLobAmend11PHComment@safmc.net for Amendment 11 to the Spiny Lobster FMP

 

GCrabAmend6PHComment@safmc.net for Amendment 6 to the Golden Crab FMP

 

SGAmend18BPHComment@safmc.net for Amendment 18B to the Snapper Grouper FMP

 

Written comments will be received from January 13, 2012 until 5:00 pm on February 15, 2012.

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