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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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Check out this great video of Capt. Nick Stanczyk and Deer Meat For Dinner using a descending device to release a big snowy grouper!

The Council recently approved an amendment which would require that descending devices be on board any vessel fishing for or possessing snapper grouper species in federal waters of the South Atlantic. If approved by NOAA Fisheries, it's likely the requirement would go into effect within the next year.
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02/26/20  ·  

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Do you bottom fish around NOAA Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary?

Don't miss these learning exchanges organized by The Nature Conservancy in Georgia and other partners!
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02/24/20  ·  

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The March Council Meeting in Jekyll Island, GA is just a week away.

The agenda will cover a long list of topics, including but not limited to spanish mackerel, dolphin and wahoo, proposed modifications to the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, allocations, shrimp, and more!
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02/24/20  ·  

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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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