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South Atlantic Fishery Management Council

home-1SAFMC, headquartered in Charleston, S.C., is responsible for the conservation and management of fish stocks within the federal 200-mile limit of the Atlantic off the coasts of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and east Florida to Key West.

The role of the council is to develop fishery management plans needed to manage fishery resources within federal waters. The area encompassing federal waters, sometimes referred to as the Exclusive Economic Zone or EEZ, extends offshore from state waters (three miles in the South Atlantic) to 200 nautical miles.
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The SAFMC Release app allows recreational, for-hire, and commercial fishermen to collect information on released scamp. But why is this information important?

The number of released fish in many South Atlantic fisheries is increasing. However, it can be challenging to collect information on released fish since they can’t be sampled back at the dock through many traditional data monitoring programs. To learn about these fish - we need help from fishermen.

Want to get involved with SAFMC Release? Visit our website for more information:

#CitSciFri, #CitizenScience, #SAFMCRelease, #scamp, #grouper, #fishing, #offshorefishing
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09/04/20  ·  

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When releasing deep water species, consider the best fishing practices illustrated here. These best fishing practices were developed by FishSmart, a program fostered by the sport fishing community, with the cooperation of state and local government fisheries agencies. FishSmart takes a science-based approach to improving the survival of released fish.

Learn more about best fishing practices:

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources MyFWC Florida Fish and Wildlife NC Dept of Environmental Quality Coastal Resources Division - Georgia DNR NOAA Fisheries Service
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09/03/20  ·  

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Visit the following link to submit a public comment for the Council's consideration at the upcoming September Council Meeting.

Get meeting details here:
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09/02/20  ·  

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Join us for this virtual field trip with FISHstory and EarthEcho International!What can historic dock photos reveal about fisheries? The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s new citizen science project, FISHstory, aims to find out, and we aim to dig in with a Virtual Field Trip YOU can attend this month!

Join EarthEcho International and the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council staff, Allie Iberle and Julia Byrd, to learn more about FISHstory and how you can get involved in the project!

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 — 1:00 PM (ET)

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09/01/20  ·  

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Vision Blueprint

The Vision Blueprint will be used to help guide management of the snapper grouper fishery over the next five to ten years and will...

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