December 2019 – Council Meeting Details

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December 2 - 6, 2019

Hotel Ballast
301 North Water Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
Phone: 1-800-445-8667

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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 2
  • 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM: SEDAR Committee (PARTIALLY CLOSED)
  • 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM: Executive Finance Committee
  • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM: Shrimp Committee
Tuesday, December 3
  • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM: AP Selection Committee
  • 10:00 PM - 12 Noon: Citizen Science Committee
  • 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM: Dolphin Wahoo Committee
Wednesday, December 4
  • 8:00 AM - 12:00 Noon: Dolphin Wahoo Committee
  • 1:30 PM - 3:50 PM: Mackerel Cobia Committee
Thursday, December 5
  • 8:00 AM - 12:00 Noon: Snapper Grouper Committee
  • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM: Personnel Committee (CLOSED)
  • 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM: Council Session
Friday, December 6
  • 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM: Council Session

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In-Person Public Comment: Wednesday, December 4, 2019 @ 4:00 PM

Public comment will be accepted regarding the following agenda items in addition to other topics.

Approval for Formal Review:

  • Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 33 (Red Snapper Fishing Seasons)
  • Coastal Migratory Pelagics Framework Amendment 8 (King Mackerel Trip Limits in Season 2)
  • Snapper Grouper Abbreviated Framework Amendment 3 (Blueline Tilefish Catch Levels)

Approval for Public Hearings:

  • Coastal Migratory Pelagics Framework Amendment 9 (Spanish Mackerel Accountability Measures)
  • Shrimp Amendment 11 (Shrimp Cold-Weather Transit Provisions)

Approval for Scoping:

  • Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 10 (Revisions to Dolphin & Wahoo Management Measures)

Other Items of Interest:

  • Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 12 (Bullet & Frigate Mackerel as Ecosystem Component Species)
  • Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 31 (Recreational Accountability Measures)
Written Comments - Instructions and Deadlines for Submission

public_commentComment period opens on November 15, 2019.

Written comments must be submitted using the online comment form linked below.


Note: The online comment form accepts 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 25, 2019: 
Written comments (online and those submitted by mail/fax) received by close of business the Monday before the meeting (11/25/19) 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.

November 26 - December 5: 
Individuals that wish to submit comments after November 25 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 (12/05/19) will be a part of the meeting administrative record.


  • Formal Public Comment Session, Wednesday, December 4th beginning at 4:00 PM.


  • Red Snapper- The Snapper Grouper Committee will review Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 33, which considers options for modifying the red snapper season.


  • Dolphin Wahoo- The committee will continue to discuss management options for both dolphin and wahoo to include in draft Amendment 10 to the Dolphin Wahoo Fishery Management Plan.


  • Coastal Migratory Pelagics- The committee will continue to discuss CMP Framework Amendment 8, which considers adjustments to king mackerel season 2 trip limits. They will also consider proposed modifications to Spanish Mackerel Accountability Measures via CMP Framework Amendment 9.



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