Public Hearings & Scoping Meetings

How They Work

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;
  • coral and live bottom habitat,
  • Speak with Council members and staff about the draft amendments being considered, and
  • Give formal public comment on the record about their ideas and suggestions on the proposed measures.

Public hearings and scoping meetings are typically held in January and August each year but can also be given at other times of the year if there is an emergency measure that needs to be considered for a fishery. Meetings are held in person in fishing communities throughout the region or held via webinar allowing the public several opportunities to participate in the process.

During these meetings, Council staff provides an overview of each draft amendment and are available to informally answer questions. Members of the public can also informally talk with local Council member representatives prior to sitting down before the Council members in attendance and going on record to provide public testimony about the proposed management measures.

In an effort to improve outreach and communication about the draft amendments, Council staff provide live Q&A sessions via webinar one week prior to each round of public hearings. Registration is required and is posted on the public hearing page below.

Public hearing and scoping meeting information is posted on the Council's website and includes the public hearing schedule (dates/locations), amendment overviews, public hearing amendment documents and instructions for submitting written comment.