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;
  • 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 going on record to provide public testimony about the proposed management measures.

Current Public Hearing and Scoping Schedule - January 2018

Scoping Items: Spiny Lobster Amendment 13 (bully netting)

The amendment addresses inconsistencies between State of Florida spiny lobster regulations and those in federal waters in Florida's EEZ, specifically in reference to bully netting. It includes options for endorsement, marking, and gear prohibitions for bully net gear. The measures are expected to help management and enforcement of spiny lobster harvest by creating consistent regulations in state and federal waters.

Additional information including schedule details, links to webinar registration, video presentations, overviews, and other helpful information is available by clicking on the Expandable Menus below.

Public Hearing Items: Coastal Migratory Pelagics (CMP) Amendment 31 (Atlantic cobia)

The amendment proposes alternatives for the future of Atlantic cobia (GA-NY) management in the federal waters of the South Atlantic. The Council is considering options for transferring full management jurisdiction to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) or continuing complementary management.

Additional information including schedule details, links to webinar registration, video presentations, overviews, and other helpful information is available by clicking on the Expandable Menus below.


Meeting Schedule - Dates, Locations, & Webinar Registration

The Council will be taking public comment during scheduled scoping and public hearing webinars, listening stations, and in-person meetings and will also accept written comments. See below for instructions on submitting written comments.

January 8, 2018
Scoping Webinar
6:00 PM
Spiny Lobster Amendment 13
Webinar Registration

January 9, 2018 
Scoping Webinar
6:00 PM
Spiny Lobster Amendment 13
Webinar Registration

The public hearings for CMP Amendment 31 will be conducted via webinar with assigned listening stations. Members of the public are invited to attend any of the webinars, whether or not listening stations are being hosted in their respective state.

January 22, 2018
Public Hearing
6:00 PM
CMP Amendment 31
Webinar Registration

Listening Stations at the following locations:

  • Port Royal Sound Maritime Center: 310 Okatie Highway, Okatie, SC 29909

 

  • North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries' Central District Office: 5285 Highway 70 West, Morehead City, NC 28557

 

  • Georgia Department of Natural Resources Coastal Division: One Conservation Way, Brunswick, GA 31523

 

January 23, 2018
Public Hearing
6:00 PM
CMP Amendment 31
Webinar Registration

Listening Station at the following location:

  • Hatteras Community Center: 57689 NC-12, Hatteras, NC 27943

 

January 24, 2018
Public Hearing
6:00 PM
CMP Amendment 31
Webinar Registration

Listening Station at the following locations:

  • Haddrell's Point Tackle: 885 Ben Sawyer Blvd, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

 

  • Virginia Marine Resources Commission - Maritime Building: 2600 Washington Avenue (4th floor), Newport News, VA 23607
    • Note: This is a state organized listening station.

 

Public comment will be taken during the webinar public hearing. The Council is also accepting written comments using an online public comment.

Instructions: 

Written comments may be submitted by using the online public comment form, mail, or fax.

Deadline for comments to be included in the March Council Meeting Briefing Book: February 9, 2017

Submit comments online for Spiny Lobster Amendment 13 - Click Here!

Submit comments online for Coastal Migratory Pelagics Amendment 31 - Click Here!

Read what others have already submitted about CMP Amendment 31 - Click Here!

Submit Written Comment - By mail or fax:

  • Comments by mail: Send comments to Gregg Waugh, Executive Director, SAFMC, 4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201, N. Charleston, SC 29405
  • Comments by fax: Send to 843/769-4520