South Atlantic Fishery Management Council

June 2023 Council Meeting

Location: World Golf Village Renaissance 500 Legacy Trail St. Augustine, FL

Meeting Agenda & Briefing Materials

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

The public comment session (Wednesday, June 14th, 2023, 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 (June 5th, 2023) will be compiled, posted to the website as part of the meeting materials, and included in the administrative record.

Monday, June 12th, 2023

Council Session I/Belcher 8:30 am – 12:00 pm (Closed Session)

  • The Council will receive a litigation brief, discuss appointments to advisory bodies and SEDAR, and select the recipient of the 2022 Law Enforcement of the Year Award.

Lunch 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm

Council Session I/Belcher 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

  1. Reports
    1. Attachment 1a: NOAA OLE Report
    2. Attachment 1b: NOAA OLE presentation (available at meeting)
    3. Attachment 1c: Gulf Liaison Report (also in recent docs)
  2. NMFS Highly Migratory Species Update
  3. Joint Commercial Electronic Logbook Amendment
  4. SAFMC Research Recommendations
    1. Attachment 4a: Revised SAFMC Research Recommendations
    2. Attachment 4b: SEFSC Progress and Accomplishments on SAFMC Research Needs (also in recent docs)
    3. Attachment 4c: State activities related to research and monitoring

Citizen Science Committee/Marhefka 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

  1. Citizen Science Project Idea Portal
    1. Attachment 1a: Citizen Science Project Portal Tool Presentation
    2. Attachment 1b: Citizen Science Project Portal Tool DRAFT Questions
  2. Citizen Science Projects & Program Evaluation Update
    1. Attachment 2a: Citizen Science Project & Program Evaluation Update Presentation
    2. Attachment 2b: SAFMC Citizen Science Program 2022 Annual Report
    3. Attachment 2c: Sweeney Tookes and Yandle Proposal

Tuesday, June 13th, 2023

Mackerel Cobia Committee/Roller 8:30 am – 11:00 am

  1. Mackerel Cobia Advisory Panel
  2. Mackerel Port Meetings
  3. King Mackerel Tournament Landings
    1. Attachment 3a: King Mackerel Tournament Landings
    2. Attachment 3b: King Mackerel Tournament Landings Presentation
  4. Topics for Mackerel Cobia Advisory Panel Meeting

Dolphin Wahoo Committee/Marhefka 11:00 am – 12:00 noon

  1. Dolphin Management Strategy Evaluation (MSE)
  2. Dolphin-related management actions in the Caribbean
  3. Regulatory Amendment 3

Lunch 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm

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

  1. Wreckfish (Amendment 48)
    1. Attachment 1a: Amendment 48 Decision Document (also in recent docs)
    2. Attachment 1b: Wreckfish ITQ Monitoring Options Presentation (also in recent docs)
    3. Attachment 1c: Wreckfish ITQ Eligibility and Participation Presentation (also in recent docs)
  2. Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation Report

Wednesday, June 14th, 2023

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

  1. Yellowtail Snapper (Amendment 44)
    1. Attachment 3a: Amendment 44 Decision Document
    2. Attachment 3b: Amendment 44 Draft Amendment
  1. Scamp Yellowmouth Grouper (Amendment 55)
    1. Attachment 4a: Amendment 55 Management Response Overview
    2. Attachment 4b: Amendment 55 Decision Document

Lunch 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm

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

  1. Black Sea Bass Assessment (SEDAR 76)
  2. SSC recommendations on topics not covered under agenda items
  3. AP recommendations on topics not covered under agenda items

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.

Approve for scoping:

  1. Scamp/Yellowmouth (SG Amendment 55)

Thursday, June 15th, 2023

Snapper Grouper Committee/McCawley 8:30 am – 10:30 am

  1. Private Recreational Permit (Amendment 46)
    1. Attachment 8a: Private Recreational Permit Amendment
    2. Attachment 8b: Recreational Permitting and Reporting Technical AP Report
  2. Updates
    • Spawning SMZs Sunset
    • Best Fishing Practices Outreach

Council Session II/Belcher 10:30 am – 12:00 noon

  1. Staff Report
  2. Council Coordinating Committee (CCC)
  3. Revision to National Standards 4, 8 and 9

Lunch 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm

Council Session II/Belcher 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm

  1. Space Operations off Florida
  2. Equity and Environmental Justice (EEJ)
  3. NMFS Southeast Regional Office Report
  4. NMFS Southeast Fisheries Science Center Report

Friday, June 16th, 2023

Council Session II/Belcher 8:30 am – 12:00 noon

  1. Council Workplan
  2. Upcoming Meetings

Other business