South Atlantic Fishery Management Council

December 2022 Council Meeting

Location: Blockade Runner 275 Waynick Boulevard Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

Meeting Agenda & Briefing Materials

Except for advertised public hearings and public comment sessions, the timing of agenda items may change.

The hybrid public comment session (Wednesday, December 7, 2022, 4 p.m.), will allow for in-person and remote (via webinar) verbal public comment. Individuals intending to provide comments remotely are asked to sign-up HERE. Those intending to provide verbal public comment in person will be asked to sign in at the meeting.

Written Comments:

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Written comments submitted by mail/fax received by close of business the Monday before the meeting (November 28, 2022) will be compiled, posted to the website as part of the meeting materials, and included in the administrative record.

Monday, December 5, 2022

COUNCIL SESSION I/Belcher 8:30 am – 10:30 am (Closed Session)

  • The Council will discuss advisory panel appointments during this Closed Session.

COUNCIL SESSION I/Belcher 10:30 am – 12:00 Noon

  1. Reports (NOAA Office of Law Enforcement, US Coast Guard, Council liaisons, state agencies)
    1. Attachment 1a: NOAA OLE Report
    2. Attachment 1b: NOAA OLE presentation
    3. Attachment 1c: Gulf Liaison Report
  2. Joint Commercial Electronic Logbook Amendment
    1. Attachment 2a: Joint Commercial E-Logbook Update Presentation
    2. Attachment 2b: Joint Commercial E-Logbook Draft
    3. Attachment 2c: Revised Paper vs. Electronic Data Field Comparison Spreadsheet (excel download)
  3. Proposed Hudson Canyon National Marine Sanctuary
    1. Attachment 3a: Proposed Hudson Canyon NMS Presentation (posted by 11/30)
    2. Attachment 3b: SAFMC letter to ONMS on Hudson Canyon
    3. Attachment 3c: ONMS Response to SAFMC Request
  4. Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Proposed Rule Comments
    1. Attachment 4a: SAFMC letter to FKNMS to request comment extension
    2. Attachment 4b: FKNMS response to SAFMC request
    3. Attachment 4c: Draft comments on FKNMS proposed rule with APs input (posted by 11/30)

Lunch 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm

COUNCIL SESSION I /Belcher 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm

  1. Acceptable Biological Catch Control Rule Amendment
    1. Attachment 5a: ABC Control Rule Amendment Decision Document
    2. Attachment 5b: Draft ABC Control Rule Amendment
    3. Attachment 5c: Draft ABC Control Rule Amendment Codified Text
  2. Climate Change Scenario Planning Workshop
    1. Attachment 6a: Workshop Summary Guidance
    2. Attachment 6b: Implications and Preliminary Ideas for Fishery Management, October 2022
    3. Attachment 6c: Final Scenario Narratives, October 2022
    4. Attachment 6d: Workshop Presentation

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

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

  1. Release Mortality Reduction & Red Snapper (SG Regulatory Amendment 35)
    1. Attachment 1a: Regulatory Amendment 35 Decision Document
    2. Attachment 1b: Draft Regulatory Amendment 35 (posted by 11/30)
    3. Attachment 1c: SEDAR 73 Sensitivity Run

Lunch 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm

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

  1. Recreational Permitting & Reporting (SG Amendment 46)
    1. Attachment 2a: Private Recreational Permit Advisory Panel report (posted by 11/30)
    2. Attachment 2b: Section 102 Workgroup report
    3. Attachment 2c: Amendment 46 Options Paper (posted by 11/30)

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

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

  1. Gag and Black Grouper (SG Amendment 53)
    1. Attachment 3a: Draft Amendment 53
    2. Attachment 3b: Amendment 53 (Gag and Black Grouper) Decision Document
  2. Snowy Grouper (SG Amendment 51)
    1. Attachment 4a: Draft Amendment 51
    2. Attachment 4b: Amendment 51 (Snowy Grouper) Decision Document
    3. Attachment 4c: Draft Am 51 Codified Text

Lunch 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm

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

  1. Golden Tilefish and Blueline Tilefish (SG Amendment 52)
    1. Attachment 5a: Draft Amendment 52
    2. Attachment 5b: Amendment 52 (Golden Tilefish and Blueline Tilefish) Decision Document
    3. Attachment 5c: Draft Amendment 52 Codified Text

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.

Approval for scoping:

  1. Recreational Permitting & Reporting (SG Amendment 46) (posted by 11/30)

Approval for public hearings:

  1. Release Mortality Reduction & Red Snapper (SG Regulatory Amendment 35) (posted by 11/30)

Final approval:

  1. ABC Control Rule Amendment
  2. Snowy Grouper (SG Amendment 51)
  3. Golden Tilefish and Blueline Tilefish (SG Amendment 52)

Thursday, December 8, 2022

COUNCIL SESSION II /Belcher 8:00 am – 9:00 am (closed)

  • The Council will conduct the annual review of the Executive Director during this Closed Session.

Mackerel Cobia Committee/Roller 9:00 am – 12:00 noon

  1. Mackerel Cobia AP Report
    1. Attachment 1: AP Report
  2. Gulf King Mackerel (CMP Amendment 33)
    1. Attachment 2a: CMP Amendment 33 Presentation
    2. Attachment 2b: CMP Amendment 33 Draft
  1. Little Tunny
    1. Attachment 3: Little Tunny White Paper
  2. Port Meetings discussion
    1. Attachment 4: Mackerel Port Meetings Discussion Document

Lunch 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm

Outreach and Communication Committee/Woodward 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

  1. Outreach and Communications AP report
    1. Attachment 1: OC AP Report
  2. Best Fishing Practices Outreach Program
    1. Attachment 2: Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 35 Outreach Appendix Draft

COUNCIL SESSION III/Belcher 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

  1. Staff Report
    1. Attachment 1a: Council Staff Report
    2. Attachment 1b: CCC Report
  • Update on Council Member Ongoing Development (CMOD)
  1. Habitat Protection & Ecosystem Advisory Panel Report
    1. Attachment 2a: Habitat Protection and Ecosystem Advisory Panel Report, Nov 2022  (posted by 11/30)
    2. Attachment 2b: Revised EFH Policy – Beach Renourishment
  2. Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Team Update 
    1. Attachment 3: SAFMC Comments on NARW Speed Rule
  1. NMFS Southeast Regional Office Report
    1. Attachment 4: SERO Protected Resources Update (posted by 11/30)
  2. NMFS Southeast Fisheries Science Center Report
    1. Attachment 5a: Update on Dolphin MSE Stakeholder Workshops
    2. Attachment 5b: SEFSC Update on Ecosystem Status Report and Climate Vulnerability Assessment

Friday, December 9, 2022

COUNCIL SESSION III/Belcher 8:30 am – 12:00 noon

  • Committee reports
    1. Executive (November 2022)
    2. Full Council I (Closed Session, AP Selection)
    3. Full Council I (Open Session)
    4. Snapper Grouper
    5. Mackerel Cobia
    6. Outreach & Communication
  1. Council Workplan
    1. Attachment 6: Council Workplan Spreadsheet (excel download)
  2. Upcoming meetings
    1. Attachment 7: Upcoming Meetings

Other business