|South Atlantic Fishery Management Council|
|March 21, 2013||CONTACT: Kim Iverson
Public Information Officer
Upcoming Meetings Target Federal Fisheries Management Issues
Scientists convene in April to provide fishing level recommendations; advisory panels provide input
News Release (PDF)
Fishermen and others interested in federal fishery management issues may want to mark their calendars for upcoming meetings that will impact fisheries such as snapper grouper, dolphin wahoo, and mackerel. Protection of deepwater coral habitat, transit provisions, and the use of Vessel Monitoring Systems are also on the agendas. Members of the Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee will review stock assessments for black sea bass, cobia, and Spanish mackerel, and provide fishing level recommendations to the Council to consider for setting annual catch limits (ACLs). The Council will hold a special one-day meeting on May 13, 2013 via webinar to address fishing level recommendations for black sea bass. Several advisory panel meetings are also scheduled in the coming weeks. Advisory panel members, representing commercial fishermen, recreational fishermen, fish house operators and others knowledgeable about fisheries issues, provide grass roots input into the fishery management process.
Additional information, including meeting agendas, overviews and briefing book materials for the meetings will be posted on the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s Web site at safmc.net/cms as they become available. Members of the public are invited to attend all meetings. Meetings will also be accessible online as they occur. Details for accessing the meetings online will be posted on the website as they become available.
April 8-11, 2013 – Scientific and Statistical Committee Meeting and ORCS Workshop
Reviews of black sea bass, cobia, and Spanish mackerel stock assessments top the agenda for a meeting of the Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee in April. Members of the SSC will review the recent assessment update for black sea bass and the benchmark assessments for both cobia and Spanish mackerel conducted through the Southeast Data, Assessment and Review (SEDAR) stock assessment program and provide fishing level recommendations for the Council to consider. The SSC will also provide recommendations for stock assessment priorities for 2015 and beyond (the schedule has been set for 2013-14), research priorities for the coming year, and review fishery independent sampling programs.
Committee members will review several proposed amendments to the Snapper Grouper Fishery Management Plan, including Regulatory Amendment 14. Actions proposed in the amendment include changes to the fishing year for greater amberjack, increasing the minimum size limit for hogfish, changes to the black sea bass fishing year, and other measures. In addition, the SSC will provide input on measures proposed by the Council to provide additional protection to deepwater coral and transit provisions for rock shrimp vessels contained in Amendment 8 to the Coral Fishery Management Plan. Prior to the beginning of the SSC meeting, the ORCS (Only Reliable Catch Species) Workshop will be held beginning at 1:00 p.m. on April 8, 2013. Meeting location: Crowne Plaza Airport Hotel, 4381 Tanger Outlet Boulevard, North Charleston, SC 29418; phone 800/503-5762 or 843/744-4422.
Advisory Panel Meetings
March 27, 2013 - Dolphin Wahoo Advisory Panel Meeting
The AP will provide recommendations on measures proposed in Amendment 5 to the Dolphin Wahoo Fishery Management Plan. The amendment would revise management parameters such as Acceptable Biological Catch (ABC), Annual Catch Limits (ACLs), and other values for dolphin and wahoo based on updated recreational estimates. The amendment also contains proposed measures to modify sector allocations and establish a commercial trip limit for dolphin. The Council is expected to approve the amendment for public hearings to be held in August. Meeting location: Crowne Plaza Airport Hotel, 4381 Tanger Outlet Boulevard, North Charleston, SC 29418; phone 800/503-5762 or 843/744-4422.
April 22-23, 2013 – Mackerel Advisory Panel Meeting
Members of the AP will review three amendments currently under development that will affect management of king and Spanish mackerel as well as cobia. Issues include bag-limit sale, elimination of latent permits in the king mackerel commercial fishery, transit provisions, modification of size limits for king mackerel, state allocations and more. Meeting location: Hilton Garden Inn, 5265 International Boulevard, North Charleston, SC 29418; Phone: 1-800-445-8667 or 843-308-9330.
April 23-25, 2013 - Snapper Grouper Advisory Panel Meeting
Agenda items for the meeting include presentations on Vessel Monitoring Systems, electronic video monitoring, fishery independent reef fish survey, and an update from the SSC meeting. AP members will provide recommendations on Regulatory Amendment 14 with management measures proposed for greater amberjack, gray triggerfish, hogfish, black sea bass, vermilion snapper, and gag. The AP will also provide recommendations for regional allocations for black sea bass and the Council’s Visioning Process. Meeting location: Hilton Garden Inn, 5265 International Boulevard, North Charleston, SC 29418; Phone: 1-800-445-8667 or 843-308-9330.
May 7-8, 2013 - Habitat Advisory Panel Meeting; Coral Advisory Panel Meeting; Joint Meeting
The Council’s Habitat and Environmental Protection AP will meet concurrently with the Coral AP on May 7th. The Habitat AP will continue its work on development of the Council’s Habitat Policy Statement and the South Atlantic fish habitat report. Members of the Coral AP will provide input on Amendment 8 to the Coral Fishery Management Plan that includes proposed measures to expand protected areas for deepwater coral and transit provisions for rock shrimp vessels. The advisory panels will meet jointly on May 8th to continue discussions. Meeting location: Hilton Garden Inn, 5265 International Boulevard, North Charleston, SC 29418; Phone: 1-800-445-8667 or 843-308-9330.
May 9, 2013 - Deepwater Shrimp Advisory Panel Meeting
Members of the Deepwater Shrimp AP will provide additional input on Amendment 8 to the Coral Fishery Management Plan that includes proposed measures to expand protected areas for deepwater coral and transit provisions for rock shrimp vessels. Meeting location: Hilton Garden Inn, 5265 International Boulevard, North Charleston, SC 29418; Phone: 1-800-445-8667 or 843-308-9330.
May 13, 2013 - Special One-Day Council Meeting (via webinar)
The Council will hold a one-day meeting of the full Council on Monday, May 13, 2013 via webinar. The special meeting is being held to allow the Council to take action following the Scientific and Statistical Committee’s review of the black sea bass stock assessment update and catch level recommendations. The Council anticipates positive results from the assessment and is developing Regulatory Amendment 19 to the Snapper Grouper Fishery Management Plan to allow modification of the Annual Catch Limit for black sea bass based on the SSC’s recommendations. Members of the public will be allowed to participate in the meeting via webinar and provide public comment on the amendment before the Council takes final action. Details on the meeting and how to register for the webinar will be posted on the Council meeting page as they become available.
Note: April 15-25, 2013 – Public Hearings on Consideration of Vessel Monitoring System Requirements for Commercially Permitted Vessels
The Council will hold a series of public hearings on Amendment 30 to the Snapper Grouper Fishery Management Plan beginning on April 15th in Jacksonville, FL. The amendment proposes the use of VMS on vessels with a Federal South Atlantic Commercial Snapper Grouper Permit. Additional information...
Upcoming Meetings Target Federal Fisheries Management Issues