South Atlantic Fishery Management Council

June 2022 Council Meeting

Location: Key West Marriott Beachside Hotel, Key West, Florida

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.

Written comments were accepted from May 27 to June 17, 2022. These comments are accessible to the public, part of the administrative record of the meeting, and immediately available for Council consideration. 

View submitted written comments

Written comments submitted by mail/fax received by close of business the Monday before the meeting (June 6, 2022) will be compiled, posted to the website as part of the meeting materials, and included in the administrative record.

Mailed comments:


Monday, June 13, 2022

COUNCIL SESSION I / Bell 8:30 am –  10:30 am (CLOSED)

  • Adopt agenda
  • Approve minutes
  1. Advisory Panel (AP), Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC), and Socio-Economic Panel (SEP) Appointments
  2. Selection of 2021 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year

COUNCIL SESSION I / Bell 10:30 am –  12:00 noon

  1. Reports (NOAA Office of Law Enforcement, US Coast Guard, Council liaisons, state agencies)
  2. Input for data-gathering tool to inform sector allocations
  3. Commercial Electronic Logbook Amendment

Lunch 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm

COUNCIL SESSION I (cont.) / Bell 1:30 pm –  5:00 pm

  1. Acceptable Biological Catch Control Rule Amendment
  2. Progress Towards Meeting SAFMC Research Recommendations

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Snapper Grouper Committee / McCawley 8:30 am – 12:00 noon

Approve agenda (Snapper Grouper Committee Agenda)

Approve transcript (March 2022 Transcript)

Reports (SSC Report, SG AP Report)

Presentations (SG AP Presentation, SSC Presentation)

  1. Status of Amendments under formal review
  2. Release Mortality Reduction and Red Snapper Catch Levels Framework (SG Reg Amendment 35)

Lunch 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm

Snapper Grouper Committee / McCawley 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm

3. Gag (SG Amendment 53)

4. Golden Tilefish and Blueline Tilefish (SG Amendment 52)

Question and Answer Session 5:00 to 6:00 pm

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Snapper Grouper Committee/McCawley 8:30 am – 12:00 noon

5. Snowy Grouper (SG Amendment 51)

Lunch 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm

Snapper Grouper Committee/McCawley 1:30 pm – 3:45 pm

6. Greater Amberjack (SG Amendment 49)

7. SG AP input on items not on agenda

8. South Atlantic Reef Observer Coverage Expansion

9. Exempted Fishing Permit Brief

Other Business

Public comments 4:00 pm

Public comment will be accepted from individuals attending the meeting (in-person and remotely) regarding any of the items on the Council agenda. The Council Chair, based on the number of individuals wishing to comment, will determine the amount of time provided to each commenter. Those intending to provide verbal public comment via webinar can sign-up here.

Public hearings:

(1) Greater Amberjack (SG Amendment 49)

Approval for public hearings:

(1) Acceptable Biological Catch Control Rule Amendment

(2) Snowy Grouper (SG Amendment 51)

(3) Golden Tilefish and Blueline Tilefish (SG Amendment 52)

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Dolphin Wahoo Committee / Marhefka 8:30 am – 12:00 noon

Approve agenda (Dolphin Wahoo Committee Agenda)

Approve transcript (March 2022)

Status of Amendments under formal review

  1. Dolphin Wahoo Advisory Panel Summary Meeting Report
  2. Modifications to the minimum size limit, recreational retention limits, and for-hire captain and crew bag limits for dolphin (Regulatory Amendment 3)
  3. Development of empirical Management Procedures (MPs) for dolphin

Other Business

Lunch 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm

Citizen Science Committee / Marhefka 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Approve agenda (Citizen Science Committee Agenda)

Approve transcript (December 2021)

  1. Program evaluation interview findings & next steps
  2. FISHstory highlights
  3. Snowy grouper project update
  4. Citizen Science Program update

Other Business

COUNCIL SESSION II / Bell 3:30 pm 5:00 pm

Call to order

Approve agenda (Council Session II Agenda)

Legal brief (if needed)

  1. Council Coordination Committee Report 
  2. Council staff reports 
  3. Large Whale Take Reduction Team Report
  4. SSC and SEP input on items not on agenda
  5. NMFS Southeast Regional Office Report
  6. NMFS Southeast Fisheries Science Center Report
    1. NOAA SATL Red Snapper Count June 2022

Friday, June 17, 2022

COUNCIL SESSION II / Bell 8:30 am – 12:00 noon

  1. Committee & Full Council Session Reports
  2. FMP Workplan Review and Upcoming Meetings 

Other business