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  • Changes Proposed for Red Snapper Seasons in the South Atlantic Region

    Remove minimum number of days requirement, open commercial season May 1st   (NEWSLETTER - Fall 2019) What is the best way to handle a very limited annual catch limit for red snapper each year as the stock continues to rebuild? This question has...

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  • Council Selects John Carmichael As New Executive Director

    Executive Director Gregg Waugh to retire in December   (NEWSLETTER - Fall 2019)   The Council announced during its September meeting that John Carmichael, the current Deputy Executive Director for Science and Statistics at the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, has been...

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  • Thanks, and Goodbye!

    (NEWSLETTER - Fall 2019)   Wow, what an experience this has been over the past 39 years. I started as a contract employee with a desk in the storage room. We didn’t use computers; staff wrote out their documents, gave them to...

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  • FISHstory Citizen Science Project to Launch in Early 2020!

    (NEWSLETTER - Fall 2019) If a picture is worth a thousand words, what stories can a black and white photograph tell? The Council’s second citizen science project, FISHstory (pronounced like history), will allow participants to step back in time to the docks...

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  • Chair’s Column: Fall 2019

    (NEWSLETTER - Fall 2019)   If you have been paying attention to emails from the Council, you already know we have great news to share.  First off, the Council approved the Snapper Grouper Best Fishing Practices amendment at their September meeting.  The...

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  • Council Approves Management Measures to Help Improve Survival of Released Fish

    Requirements for descending devices and other best practices supported by fishing community   (NEWSLETTER - Fall 2019) New measures designed to improve survival of released fish and encourage the use of best fishing practices, approved by members of the South Atlantic Fishery...

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  • 2019 Recreational Red Snapper Season At-A-Glance

    (NEWSLETTER - Summer 2019)   2019 Recreational Red Snapper Season At-A-Glance Recreational mini-season provides lots of action, opportunity for data collection   You didn’t have to look far in the news or on social media to see that this year’s 5-day recreational...

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  • ICAST 2019 Offers Opportunity to Highlight Citizen Science Program

    (NEWSLETTER - Summer 2019)   ICAST 2019 Offers Opportunity to Highlight Citizen Science Program SAFMC Scamp Release Pilot Project featured at International Trade Show Booth   The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s Citizen Science Program was the focus of Booth #1759, a...

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  • A Call for Private Recreational Reporting

    (NEWSLETTER – Summer 2019)   From the Executive Director’s Desk: A Call for Private Recreational Reporting   As technology continues to advance and mobile applications become readily available, we see the real benefits of recreational reporting. For example, Alabama recently announced the...

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  • Secretary of Commerce Reappoints Two Members to the Council

    (NEWSLETTER - Summer 2019)   Secretary of Commerce Reappoints Two Members to the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council    On June 30, 2019, the Secretary of Commerce announced the appointment of 21 members to the 8 regional fishery management councils representing federal...

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  • Citizen Science Corner: Summer 2019

    (NEWSLETTER – Summer 2019) Citizen Science Corner: Partnerships Matter   If you pick up the latest issue of Saltwater Sportsman magazine, you’ll lay eyes on a call to bottom fishermen, particularly those who encounter scamp grouper. The Council’s Citizen Science Program just...

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  • Chair’s Column: Summer 2019

    (NEWSLETTER - Summer 2019)   It’s summertime, and while the weather might not always be perfect, here’s to hoping the bite is!  If you are a recreational fisherman, maybe you participated in this year’s federal recreational red snapper season. Or maybe you’ve...

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