South Atlantic Fishery Management Council

March 2024 Council Meeting

Location: Villas by the Sea Resort 1175 N. Beachview Drive Jekyll Island, GA 31527

Meeting Agenda & Briefing Materials

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

Committee Reports

The public comment session (Wednesday, March 6th, 2024, 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 (February 26th, 2024) will be compiled, posted to the website as part of the meeting materials, and included in the administrative record.

Monday, March 4th, 2024

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


Law Enforcement Advisory Panel (AP) Report

  1. NOAA Law Enforcement
    1. Attachment 1a: NOAA Office of Law Enforcement Report Presentation (available at the meeting)
    2. Attachment 1b: NOAA Office of Law Enforcement Report Q1 FY 2024
    3. Attachment 1c: Gulf of Mexico FMC Report
  2. Best Fishing Practices and 2024 Outreach Update
    1. Attachment 2a: Best Fishing Practice Projects and Outreach Update Presentation
    2. Attachment 2b: BFP Master Volunteer Program Overview
  3. Potential Modifications to the Southeast For-Hire Integrated Electronic Reporting (SEFHIER) Program
    1. Attachment 3a: SCDNR For-Hire Reporting Compliance Presentation (also in Recent Documents)
    2. Attachment 3b: Southeast Region Headboat Survey Compliance Presentation
    3. Attachment 3c: SEFHIER Program Update (also in Recent Documents)
  4. Consideration of Limited Entry in South Atlantic For-Hire Fisheries

Tuesday, March 5th, 2024

Mackerel Cobia Committee/Roller 8:30 am – 10:00 am

  1. Mackerel Port Meetings

SEDAR Committee/Belcher 10:00 am – 12:00 noon (PARTIALLY CLOSED)


  1. Terms of Reference for SEDAR 90 (Red Snapper) and SEDAR 96 (Yellowtail Snapper)
    1. Attachment 1a: TOR SEDAR 90 Red Snapper Research Track
    2. Attachment 1b: TOR SEDAR 90 Red Snapper Benchmark Assessment
    3. Attachment 1c: TOR 96 Yellowtail Snapper Operational Assessment (also in Recent Documents)
  2. SEDAR Projects Update
  3. Review of Statements of Work for 2026 Species
    1. Attachment 3a: 2026 Statements of Work Submitted
    2. Attachment 3b: Comments by SEFSC on 2026 Statements of Work 
  4. Review of 2027 Species for SEDAR Assessment Slots


  • System Management Plan Workgroup and SEDAR appointments

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: Wreckfish Sub-Committee Report
    2. Attachment 1b: Amendment 48 Draft Amendment
  2. Scamp/Yellowmouth Grouper (Amendment 55)
  3. Gag and Black Grouper Vessel Limit and On-Demand Gear for Black Sea Bass (Regulatory Amendment 36)

Wednesday, March 6th, 2024

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

  1. Black Sea Bass (Amendment 56)
    1. Attachment 4a: SEDAR 76 (Black Sea Bass) Stock Assessment Projections Presentation (also in Recent Documents)
    2. Attachment 4b: Black Sea Bass Management Response Options Presentation (also in Recent Documents)
  2. Private Recreational Permit and Education Requirement (Amendment 46)
    1. Attachment 5a: Amendment 46 Decision Document
    2. Attachment 5b: Amendment 46 Draft Amendment

Lunch 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm

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

  1. Red Snapper (Regulatory Amendment 35)
    1. Attachment 6a: Regulatory Amendment 35 Decision Document
    2. Attachment 6b: Regulatory Amendment 35 Draft Amendment

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.

Thursday, March 7th, 2024

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

  1. Management Strategy Evaluation Update
  2. Overview of Commercial Permits
  3. Agenda topics for March 2024 Advisory Panel Meeting (see Agenda and Overview)

Lunch 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm

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

  1. Staff Report
    1. Attachment 1a: Council Staff Report
    2. Attachment 1b: SAFMC Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) Grant Projects
  2. NMFS Presentation on Equity and Environmental Justice
    1. Attachment 2a: Equity and Environmental Justice Presentation
    2. Attachment 2b: Equity and Environmental Justice Action Items
  3. Agency reports
  4. Council work plan
  5. Upcoming meetings

Friday, March 8th, 2024

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

  1. Committee Reports

Other business