South Atlantic Fishery Management Council

May 2023 Habitat AP Meeting

Location: Town & Country Inn 2008 Savannah Highway Charleston, SC 29407

Meeting Agenda & Briefing Materials

The Habitat Advisory Panel Meeting meeting will be held via webinar on Tuesday, May 16 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m., Wednesday, May 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 P.M., and Thursday, May 18 from 9:00 A.M. to 12 p.m.

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

Public comment will be solicited at the beginning and at the end of the meeting. Those wishing to comment should indicate such in the manner requested by the Chair, who will then recognize individuals to provide comments.

Tuesday, May 16, 2023

1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.

Approval of:

  1. NOAA Fisheries HCD EFH Consultation Update
    1. NMFS Habitat Consultation Summary
  2. NOAA Fisheries South Atlantic Climate Vulnerability Assessment
    1. NOAA Fisheries SA Climate Vulnerability Assessment (Attachment 2; also in recent docs)
  3. NOAA Fisheries EFH 5-Year Review
    1. EFH 5-Year Review Process Summary (Attachment 3a)
    2. SAFMC EFH User Guide (Attachment 3b)
    3. Magnuson–Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Attachment 3c)

Wednesday, May 17, 2023

9:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.

  1. EFH Policy Statement on Beach Dredging and Filling, Beach Renourishment and Large-Scale Coastal Engineering
    1. Review the revised draft policy statement (Attachment 4; also in recent docs)
  2. Offshore Wind Activities in South Atlantic Region
    1. Update on BOEM Research and Energy Development Activities (Attachment 5a; also in recent docs)
    2. Update on Carolina Long Bay (Attachment 5b; also in recent docs)
  3. EFH Policy Statement on Energy
    1. Energy Policy Process Update (Attachment 6a)
    2. SAFMC EFH Policy Statement on Energy Exploration and Development (Attachment 6b)
    3. NMFS Greater Atlantic Regional Fishery Office Guidance Document on mapping offshore wind areas (Attachment 6c)

Thursday, May 18, 2023

9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.

  1. Regional Research and Tools Supporting EFH Conservation
    1. Presentation: Regional Fishery Survey Summary (Attachment 7a; also in recent docs)
    2. SAFMC Draft Research and Monitoring Prioritization Plan (Attachment 7b)
    3. Update on SEAMAP-SA/SECOORA Data Portal (Attachment 7c; also in recent docs)
    4. TNC/SECOORA Map System (Attachment 7d)

Other Business


Recent Documents

Advisory Panel Members
Cynthia Cooksey, ChairSCNOAA Fisheries
Stacie Crowe, Vice ChairSCSouth Carolina Sub-Panel
Dr. Rene Baumstark, FLFlorida Sub-Panel, Chair
Dr. John GalvezFLFlorida Sub-Panel
Jeff HartzlerFLFlorida Sub-Panel
Steve MillerFLFlorida Sub-Panel
David WebbFLFlorida Sub-Panel
Sam YoungFLFlorida Sub-Panel
Paul MeddersGAGeorgia Sub-Panel, Chair
Thomas JonesGAGeorgia Sub-Panel
Alice LawrenceGAGeorgia Sub-Panel
 Anne DeatonNCNorth Carolina Sub-Panel, Chair
John EllisNCNorth Carolina Sub-Panel
Joel FodrieNCNorth Carolina Sub-Panel
Casey KnightNCNorth Carolina Sub-Panel
Rita MerrittNCNorth Carolina Sub-Panel
Shane StaplesNCNorth Carolina Sub-Panel
Mark CaldellSCSouth Carolina Sub-Panel, Chair
Paula KeenerSCSouth Carolina Sub-Panel
George MadlingerSCSouth Carolina Sub-Panel
Jeff SossSCSouth Carolina Sub-Panel
David WhitakerSCSouth Carolina Sub-Panel
Laura BuschVAAt Large Member 
Dr. Laurent CherubinFLAt Large Member 
Dr. Ronald FerryGAAt Large Member 
Mark HansenFLAt Large Member 
Simen KaalstadVAASMFC Representative
Brian HookerVAAt Large Member 
Dr. Wilson LaneyNCAt Large Member 
Dr. Steve RossNCAt Large Member 
Kevin SpanikSCAt Large Member 

Staff Contact