2017 September Council Meeting

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September  25-29, 2017

Town & Country Inn
2008 Savannah Highway
Charleston  SC  29407
Phone:  843-571-1000
Fax: 843-766-9444

*NOTE: the Council Meeting has been postponed to September 25-29, 2017 due to Hurricane Irma*

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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.}

*NOTE! - Due to the threat of Hurricane Irma, the September Council Meeting has been postponed to September 25-29, 2017*

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Monday, September 25

9:00 AM - 12:00 noon: Council Session * PUBLIC COMMENT SPECIFIC TO RED SNAPPER BEGINS AT 10:15 AM*

1:30 PM - 5:00 PM: Council Session


Tuesday, September 26

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM: AP Selection Committee (CLOSED)

9:30 AM - 11:30 AM: Habitat Protection and Ecosystem Based Management Committee

11:30 PM - 12:30 PM: SEDAR Committee

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM: SEDAR Steering Committee

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM: Snapper Grouper Committee


Wednesday, September 27

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM: Snapper Grouper Committee



Thursday, September 28 

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

9:00 AM - 12:00 noon: Mackerel Cobia Committee

1:30 PM - 4:00 PM: Executive/Finance Committee

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM: Council Session


Friday, September 29

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


In-Person Public Comment: Monday September 25 at 9:00 AM & Wednesday September 27, 2017 at 4:30 PM

*The morning Public Comment Session on Monday September 11, 2017 will focus specifically on Snapper Grouper Amendment 43 and 2017 Red Snapper Emergency Action*

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

Approval for Formal Review: (Note: Red Snapper Emergency & Snapper Grouper Amendment 43 actions taken during Monday's Council session)

Public comment will also be accepted regarding any of the other items on the Council agenda. 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


September 18, 2017: 
Written comments (online and those submitted by mail/fax) received by close of business the Monday before the meeting (September 18, 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 September 18, 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 (9/27/17) will be a part of the meeting administrative record.

Council Session:

  • Red Snapper - Special Public Comment Session specific to red snapper management (Snapper Grouper Amendment 43 & Emergency Action for Red Snapper in 2017) to be held on Monday September 25, 2017 at 10:15 AM
  • Red Snapper - Following the Public Comment Session, the Council will discuss formal approval for Snapper Grouper Amendment 43 and the possible request for Red Snapper Emergency Action in 2017.

Snapper Grouper Committee:

  • Visioning Amendments - The Council will continue to review and modify both recreational (Amendment 26) and commercial (Amendment 27) management measures in the snapper grouper fishery. Items being considered were identified as priority action items in the Council's 2016-2020 Snapper Grouper Vision Blueprint.
  • Wreckfish - The Council will discuss a SERO presentation of the ITQ Review Process and a recent report from the shareholders meeting held in August 2017.

Mackerel Cobia Committee:

  • Cobia-The Council will receive an updated report on the ASMFC Interstate Cobia Plan and will discuss the results of scoping of CMP Amendment 31 (which will propose alternatives for management of Atlantic migratory group cobia and the possibility of management jurisdiction transfer to ASMFC).


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