September 14 – 18, 2009

Charleston Marriott
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Charleston, SC 29403
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Download FINAL AGENDA (pdf)   (NOTE: Except for advertised (scheduled) public hearings and public comment sessions, the times indicated on the agenda may be adjusted as necessary to accommodate the completion of agenda items. Interested parties should be aware that meetings may start earlier or later than indicated.)

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BRIEFING BOOK now available.  SUMMARY MOTIONS now available (posted 9/25/09).  Meeting Postcard.

Additional Materials (updated 9/17/09)

NMFS presentation (9/17/09) "Evaluating the combined effects of Amendments 13C, 16, and 17A on red
snapper removals in the South Atlantic." (PDF)

Model (9/17/09) "Evaluating the combined effects of Amendments 13C, 16, and 17A on red snapper removals in the South Atlantic." (Excel file)

Public Comment

Informal Question / Answer Session - Wednesday, September 16th - 5:30 p.m. - Led by NOAA Fisheries Regional Administrator Dr. Roy Crabtree and Council Chairman Duane Harris.

Public Comment Session - Thursday, September 17th - 2:00 p.m. - Interested persons will be provided the opportunity to present oral or written statements relative to the meeting agenda.

Public Comment Session - Thursday, September 17th - 3:00 p.m. - Public comment on Comprehensive Ecosystem-Based Amendment 1 (Deepwater Coral protection).

Agenda Highlights 

Snapper Grouper Committee

? Snapper Grouper Amendment 17A - Addresses long-term measures to end overfishing for red snapper, including proposed area closures, establish Annual Catch Limits and other management measures. The Committee will review the draft document, consider alternatives and is scheduled to recommend approval for public hearings.

? Snapper Grouper Amendment 17B - Addresses measures to end overfishing as necessary and establish ACLs for 9 snapper grouper species currently listed as undergoing overfishing (snowy grouper, golden tilefish, speckled hind, warsaw grouper, red grouper, black grouper, black sea bass, gag, and vermilion snapper), etc. The Committee will review the draft document, consider alternatives, and is scheduled to recommend approval for public hearings.

? Snapper Grouper Amendment 18 - Includes alternatives to expand the management unit northward and other measures. The Committee will review management options and provide recommendations to staff for continued development.

Ecosystem-Based Management Committee

? The Committee is scheduled to recommend final approval of Comprehensive Ecosystem-Based Amendment 1 (deepwater coral protection) and submission to the Secretary of Commerce. The Committee will also review options for the Comprehensive Ecosystem-Based Amendment 2 addressing coral management.