December 2021 – Council Meeting Details

Blue_transp2SAFMC Council Meeting

December 6 - 10, 2021

The Beaufort Hotel
2440 Lennoxville Road
Beaufort, NC 28516



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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 6

8:30 AM - 10 AM: Council Session (CLOSED)

10 AM - Noon: Council Session

1:30 PM - 5 PM: Mackerel Committee


Tuesday, December 7

8:30 AM - Noon: Snapper Grouper Committee

1:30 PM - 5:30 PM: Snapper Grouper Committee


Wednesday, December 8

8:30 AM - Noon: Snapper Grouper Committee

1:30 PM - 3:45 PM: Snapper Grouper Committee



Thursday, December 9

8 AM - 9 AM: Council Session II (CLOSED)

9 AM - 11 AM: SEDAR Committee

11 AM - Noon: Citizen Science Committee

1:30 PM - 3 PM: Outreach and Communications Committee

3 PM - 5:30 PM: Council Session III


Friday, December 10

8:30 AM - Noon: Council Session III

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Hybrid Public Comment Session

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 @ 4:00 PM 

The Council Chair, based on the number of individuals wishing to comment, will determine the amount of time allotted to each person in the queue.

The Public Comment Session for the meeting will allow for both in-person and remote
verbal public comment.


Public Comment via Webinar

Individuals intending to provide verbal public commentvia webinar are asked to sign-up at:


In-Person Public Comment

Members of the public intending to provide verbal public comment in-person will be asked to sign-in at the meeting.


Public Comment will be accepted regarding any of the items on the Council agenda, including the following:

Exempted Fishing Permit Requests


Approval for Scoping:

  • Snowy Grouper (Snapper Grouper Amendment 51)
  • Golden Tilefish (Snapper Grouper Amendment 52)
  • Gag (Snapper Grouper Amendment 53)


Approval for Public Hearings:

  • Greater Amberjack (Snapper Grouper Amendment 49)


Final Approval:

  • Gulf Cobia (Coastal Migratory Pelagics Amendment 32)

Online Comment Form

The comment period opens on November 19, 2021 and closes 5 PM on December 10, 2021.

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.


Public Comments via Mail & Fax

Comments may also be submitted via mail or fax to:

John Carmichael
Executive Director
4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201
N. Charleston, SC  29405

Fax: 843-769-4520



November 29, 2021:
Written comments submitted by mail/fax received by close of business the Monday before the meeting (11/29/21) will be compiled, posted to the website as part of the meeting materials, and included in the administrative record.

November 30 - December 10, 2021:
From November 30th to 5 PM on December 10th, written comments must be submitted electronically through the online public comment form. Comments will automatically be posted to the website and available for Council consideration. Comments will also be included in the administrative record.