CMP Amendment 31

CMP Amendment 31

In June 2017, ASMFC requested that the Councils consider transferring management of Atlantic cobia to the ASMFC, which would require that Atlantic cobia be removed from the federal fishery management plan. In June 2017, the South Atlantic Council discussed the request and directed staff to start work on an amendment with an option for complementary management of Atlantic cobia, and an option to remove Atlantic cobia from the federal FMP.

A scoping webinar was held on August 15, 2017. The South Atlantic Council reviewed public input and approved the actions and alternatives to be analyzed in September 2017. At their December 2018 meeting, the Council reviewed a draft document and selected Alternative 2 (Remove Atlantic cobia from the CMP FMP) as their preferred. Public hearings were held January 22, 23, and 24, 2018 with listening stations available in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. Majority of comments received supported removing Atlantic cobia from federal management as soon as possible.

At the March 2018 Council meeting, the Committee discussed enforcement of Atlantic cobia in federal waters under Preferred Alternative 2, and the timing for Amendment 31 relative to the upcoming Stock ID Workshop for Atlantic cobia and the amount of time the State of South Carolina may need to get regulations approved in state waters given that have to go through the S.C. Legislature. The Council chose to wait until the June 2018 meeting to take final action requesting that staff revise the draft amendment to address NOAA General Counsel concerns and send a letter to ASMFC requesting information on how they intend to handle regulations in federal waters under the preferred alternative.

At the June 2018 meeting, the Council received an update on the SEDAR 58 Stock ID Workshop and Review as well as ASMFC actions relative to future management of Atlantic cobia in federal waters under the Atlantic Coastal Act. After reviewing the revised document, the Council approved Amendment 31 for formal review. The Gulf Council reviewed Amendment 31 at their June 2018 meeting and approved the amendment for formal review.



Council Process

  • Scoping:  August 2017
  • Public Hearing:  January 2018
  • Final Approval:  June 2018

NMFS Process

  • Secretarial Review:  July 2018
  • Rule Making:  November 2018
  • Implementation:  March 21, 2o19