Public Hearings & Scoping Meetings

How They Work

Scoping Meetings & Public Hearings are considered an important step in the management process because they give stakeholders an opportunity to,

  • Learn more about proposed actions and management measures being considered by the Council;
  • Speak with Council members and staff about the draft actions being considered, and
  • Give formal public comment on the record about their ideas and suggestions on the proposed measures.

Upcoming Meetings

 

Helpful documents, presentations, and public comment forms will be available at the tabs below. Take a look if you'd like to learn more about each amendment and to provide your on-record comment.

 

Scoping Webinars: Adding bullet and frigate mackerel as ecosystem component species to the Dolphin Wahoo Fishery Management Plan

The Council is considering adding bullet mackerel and frigate mackerel to the Dolphin Wahoo FMP as ecosystem component species, acknowledging the role the two currently unmanaged species play as important prey for both dolphin and wahoo.

May 7 & 9, 2019

The webinars will begin at 6 PM. Registration is required:

Helpful Documents & Presentations:

Public Comment:

The online public comment form will be open at noon on April 23, 2019 to 5 PM on May 16, 2019.

 

Public Hearing Webinars: Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 29

The draft amendment addresses use of best fishing practices to improve survival of released snapper grouper species, including the use of descending devices and/or venting tools to release fish experiencing barotrauma (injury due to expansion of gas when reeled up from depth) and modifications to current  non-stainless steel circle hook requirements. The amendment also includes measures to modify powerhead regulations.

April 30 & May 1, 2019

Webinar Registration:

The webinars will begin at 6 PM. Registration is required:

Helpful Documents & Presentations:

Public Comment:

The online public comment form will be open at noon on April 16, 2019 to 5 PM on May 10, 2019.

 

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