SAFMC Meeting June 8-13, 2008
Renaissance Orlando Hotel Airport
5445 Forbes Place
Orlando, FL 32812
Phone: 1-800- 228-9290 or 407-240-1000
Note: The Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) meeting will begin at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 8th and end at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 10th. The Council Committee meetings will start at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, June 9th and the Council meeting will end at 12:00 noon on Friday, June 13th. The Snapper Grouper Advisory Panel will meet on Wednesday, June 11th from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Public Comment Sessions: June 12, 2008 beginning at 4:14 PM
The Council accepts public comment before taking final action to approve any amendment to a fishery management plan.
A public comment session for Amendment 15B to the Snapper Grouper Fishery Management Plan (includes measures to prohibit the sale of bag-limit snapper grouper species) will be held during the full Council meeting at 4:15 PM on Thursday, June 12, 2008.
A public comment session for Amendment 16 to the Snapper Grouper Management Plan (management alternatives to end overfising of gag and vermilion snapper) will be held during the full Council meeting immediately following the public comment session for Amendment 15B (above).
The Council will hold public comment on a red snapper (Amendment 18) emergency rule or interim rule IF the Council proposes such action. This comment period will take place immediately following the Amendment 16 comment session.
Note: The Council held a series of public hearing/scoping meetings May 7-15, 2008 to take public comment on the above issues. Comments received during the public hearings as well as written comments submitted by the deadline of May 16, 2008 will be included in the briefing book materials for Council consideration at the June meeting in Orlando.
Download a PDF copy of the Spring 2008 South Atlantic Update Newsletter for an overview of these and other issues addressed by the Council.