2017 December Council Meeting

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December  4-8, 2017

DoubleTree by Hilton Atlantic Beach Oceanfront
2717 W. Fort Macon Road
Atlantic Beach  NC  28512
Phone: 800-222-8733 or 252-240-1155
Fax: 252-222-4065




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{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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Monday, December 4

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM: Personnel Committee (CLOSED)

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Habitat Protection and Ecosystem-Based Management Committee

11:00 AM - 12:00 Noon: ABC Control Rule - Committee of the Whole

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM: Spiny Lobster Committee

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM: Citizen Science

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM: Data Collection Committee


Tuesday, December 5

8:30 AM - 12:00 Noon: Recreational Reporting Workshop

1:30 PM - 5:30 PM: Snapper Grouper Committee


Wednesday, December 6


8:30 AM - 4:30 PM: Snapper Grouper Committee



Thursday, December 7



9:30 AM - 12:00 Noon: Mackerel Cobia Committee

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM: Information and Education Committee

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM: SOPPs

3:30 PM - 5:30 PM: Executive/Finance Committee


Friday, December 8

8:30 AM - 1:00 PM: Council Session


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Monday - December 4

Tuesday - December 5

Wednesday - December 6

Thursday - December 7

Friday - December 8

In-Person Public Comment: Wednesday December 6, 2017 at 4:30 PM


Public comment will be accepted on items before the Council for approval for formal review, public hearings, or scoping:

Approval for Formal Review:

  •  Red Grouper Abbreviated Framework Amendment

Approval for Scoping:

  • CMP Framework 6 (Atlantic King Mackerel Trip Limits)
  • For-Hire Moratorium

Approval for Public Hearings:

  • CMP Amendment 31 (Cobia)

Public comment will also be accepted regarding any of the other items on the Council agenda and on Executive Order 13771 (2 for 1 Regulations) to identify regulations that are (1) outdated, (2) unnecessary, or (3) ineffective.

The Council Chair, based on the number of individuals wishing to comment, will determine the amount of time provided to each commenter.

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Written Comments - Instructions and Deadlines for Submission

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Note: The online comment form is now able to accept attachments.

Once comments are submitted using the online comment form, they are posted to the Council's website for the public to view.

If you are unable to access a computer, comments may also be submitted via mail or fax to:
4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201
N. Charleston, SC  29405
Fax: 843-769-4520


November 27, 2017: 
Written comments (online and those submitted by mail/fax) received by close of business the Monday before the meeting (November 27, 2017) will be compiled, posted to the website as part of the meeting materials, and included in the administrative record.  Please use the online comment form to ensure your comments get distributed immediately to Council.
Individuals that wish to submit comments after November 27, 2017 must use the Council's online comment form. Comments will automatically be posted to the website and available for Council consideration. Comments received prior to noon on Thursday of the Council meeting (12/07/17) will be a part of the meeting administrative record.

  • Red Grouper Abbreviated Framework Amendment: The Council will discuss the abbreviated framework and possibly approve for formal review. The amendment aims to adjust the ACL of red snapper for both the recreational and commercial sectors.
  • The Council will discuss Coastal Migratory Pelagics Amendment 31, which addresses possibilities for changes to management jurisdiction of Atlantic Migratory Group Cobia.
  • Recreational Reporting Workshop: The Council will host a workshop on Tuesday (12/5) from 8:30 AM - Noon to discuss current recreational reporting opportunities available to the public. Folks from iSnapper, Tails 'n' Scales, FWC, and others will be present to address these exciting developments and their future.
  • Visioning Amendments: The Council will continue to hone the recreational and commercial visioning amendments (Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 26 and Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 27) which propose changes to management of the snapper grouper complex, simplifying regulations and solidifying the possibility of access to a year round fishery.
  • For-Hire Permits Moratorium: The Council will review a very early draft of Snapper Grouper Amendment 47, which discusses the possibility of limiting entry for the for-hire fleet in the South Atlantic.

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