Archive – Public Hearing & Scoping Meetings – Nov 2015

Public Hearings - How They Work

Current Public Hearing & Scoping Meeting Schedule- November 2015


Click on the quick links below to direct you to information on the public hearing and scoping meetings, including:

Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 25 - Blueline tilefish fishing levels, commercial trip limit, and recreational bag limit; yellowtail snapper fishing year and commercial accountability measure; and black sea bass recreational bag limit

Dolphin Wahoo Regulatory Amendment 1 - commercial trip limit for dolphin

Meeting Schedule - Webinar Links and Meeting Dates/Locations

Meeting Materials - Amendment Documents

Amendment Overview

Submitting Public Comment

See Public Hearing & Scoping Meeting Archives here.

Meeting Schedule - Meeting Dates and Locations for Public Hearings

Q&A Webinar - November 2, 2015: 

Council staff will conduct an informational webinar to answer questions about Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 25. 

Q&A Webinar with Council Staff - Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 25:

November 2, 2015 at 6:00 PM

Click for webinar registration

Public Hearings - November 9 and November 12, 2015: 

Public hearings will be held via webinar in conjunction with comment stations throughout the region. Stakeholders have two options for participating in the public hearings:

Option 1 - Participate via webinar on the scheduled dates listed below.

Option 2 - Participate in-person at designated comment stations in NC, SC, GA, and FL on the scheduled dates listed below.

Webinar & Comment Station Dates:

November 9, 2015

6:00 PM

  • Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 25

Option 1 - Join via webinar (click here)

Option 2 - Attend in-person at the following comment stations:

GA Department of Natural Resources
One Conservation Way
Brunswick, GA  31520

Hilton Garden Inn Charleston Airport
5265 International Boulevard
North Charleston, SC  29418

November 12, 2015

6:00 PM

  • Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 25
  • Dolphin Wahoo Regulatory Amendment 1

Option 1 - Join via webinar (click here)

Option 2 - Attend in-person at the following comment stations:

Dare County Government Complex
Room 168, 1st Floor
954 Marshall C. Collins Drive
Manteo, NC  27954

Wingate by Wyndham
2465 State Route 16
St. Augustine, FL  32092


Amendment Overview:

Public Hearing - 

Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 25 - Includes actions to specify management parameters for blueline tilefish based on the new Acceptable Biological Catch and revise the commercial trip limit and recreational bag limit; modify the recreational and commercial fishing year and commercial Accountability Measures for yellowtail snapper; increase the recreational bag limit for black sea bass.

Dolphin Wahoo Regulatory Amendment 1 - Includes an action to establish a commercial trip limit for dolphin.

Meeting Materials: Amendment Documents & Presentations

Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 25

Public Hearing Document 


Video presentation (link to YouTube)

Dolphin Wahoo Regulatory Amendment 1

Public Hearing Document 

Full Amendment


Video presentation (link to Dropbox)

Submitting Public Comment

Written comments can be submitted through:

  • E-mail (Please reference the name of the amendment you are submitting comments about in the subject line of your e-mail.)
  • Fax - 843. 769.4520
  • Mail - Send written comments to Robert Mahood, Executive Director, SAFMC, 4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201, N. Charleston, SC  29405.
  • Deadline for written comments - November 16, 2015 (by 5:00 PM)

Public Hearings - How They Work

Public hearings are considered an important step in the management process because they give stakeholders an opportunity to,

  • Learn more about proposed actions and management measures being considered by the Council;

  • Speak with Council members and staff about the draft amendments being considered, and

  • Give formal public comment on the record about their ideas and suggestions on the proposed measures.

Public hearings are typically held in January and August each year but can also be given at other times of the year if there is an emergency measure that needs to be considered for a fishery. During the public hearing, Council staff provides an overview of each draft amendment and are available to informally answer questions. Members of the public can also informally talk with local Council member representatives prior to sitting down before the Council members in attendance and going on record to provide public testimony about the proposed management measures.

Public hearing information is posted on the Council's website and includes the public hearing schedule (dates/locations), amendment overviews, public hearing amendment documents and instructions for submitting written comment.

In an effort to improve outreach and communication about the draft amendments, Council staff provide live Q&A sessions via webinar one week prior to each round of public hearings. Registration is required and is posted on the public hearing page below.

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Public Hearings and Scoping Meeting Archives