South Atlantic Fishery Management Council

Nov. 2022 Habitat AP Meeting

Time: to
Location: Town and Country Inn 2008 Savannah Highway Charleston, SC 29407

Meeting Agenda & Briefing Materials

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, November 1, 2022

1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.

  1. NOAA Fisheries HCD EFH Consultation Update
    1. SE Consultation Updates – Large Scale Infrastructure (Attachment 1; revised)
    2. Panel Member Discussion and Recommendations
  2. NOAA Fisheries EFH 5-Year Review (Attachment 2)
    1. Considerations and responsibilities in an EFH 5-Year Review
    2. Panel Member Discussion and Recommendations
  3. EFH Policy Statement on Beach Dredging and Filling, Beach Renourishment, and Large-Scale Coastal Engineering
    1. Revised draft policy statement (Attachment 3)
    2. Panel Member Discussion and Recommendations on Policy Update

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

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

  1. BOEM Offshore Wind Activities in South Atlantic Region
    1. BOEM Presentation on Renewable Energy Research and Development in the SA region (Attachment 4a)
    2. Kitty Hawk Wind Area Background (Attachment 4b)
    3. Carolina Long Bay Background (Attachment 4c)
    4. Consideration of Underwater Sound During Offshore Wind Developments (Attachment 4d)
  2. EFH Policy Statement on Energy
    1. Overview of structure and components of Council Energy Policy (Attachment 5)
    2. Panel Member Discussion and Recommendations on Initiating a Policy Update
  3. Mapping/Characterization of South Atlantic Deep Water Ecosystems
    1. Comprehensive Overview of Deep Sea Coral Research in the South Atlantic Region (Attachment 6a)
    2. NOAA Deep Sea Coral Research and Technology Program Southeast Deep Coral Initiative (SEDCI) 2016-2019 (Attachment 6b)
    3. DSC Report to Congress (Attachment 6c)
    4. Ocean Exploration SE Presentation (Attachment 6d)
  4. East Coast Climate Scenario Planning Update
    1. Presentation: East Coast Climate Scenario Planning Initiative (Attachment 7a)
    2. Update on East Coast Scenario Planning Initiative for NRCC (Attachment 7b)
    3. Climate Scenario Planning Scoping Summary (Attachment 7c)
    4. Climate Scenario Planning Workshop Summary (Attachment 7d)
    5. Climate Scenario Planning Draft Narratives (Attachment 7e)

Thursday, November 3, 2022

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

  1. Regional Research and Tools supporting EFH Conservation
    1. Status of the SAFMC Habitat Blueprint
    1. Regional Surveys and Tools
      1. Presentation: Regional Fishery Survey Summary (Attachment 8a; revised)
      2. SEAMAP/SECOORA Fishery Independent Survey Data Portal (Attachment 8b; revised)
    2. SAFMC Website and Tools
    3. Panel Member Discussion and Recommendations
  2. Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Restoration Blueprint
    1. SAFMC Comments DEIS for FKNMS (Attachment 9a)
    2. FKNMS Presentation on the Conservation Blueprint (Attachment 9b)
    3. Proposed Rule FKNMS Conservation Blueprint (Attachment 9c)
    4. FWC Presentation to SAFMC on FKNMS Proposed Rule (Attachment 9d)
    5. SAFMC Request for Comment Extension (Attachment 9e)

Recent Materials

Staff Contact

Habitat Advisory Panel Members
Cynthia Cooksey, Chair
Stacie Crowe, Vice Chair
Dr. Rene Baumstark
Dr. John Galvez
Jeff Hartzler
Steve Miller
David Webb
Sam Young
Paul Medders
Thomas Jones
Alice Lawrence
 Anne Deaton
John Ellis
Joel Fodrie
Casey Knight
Rita Merritt
Shane Staples
Mark Caldell
Paula Keener
George Madlinger
Jeff Soss
David Whitaker
Laura Busch
Dr. Laurent Cherubin
Dr. Ronald Ferry
Mark Hansen
Lisa Havel
Brian Hooker
Dr. Wilson Laney
Dr. Steve Ross
Kevin Spanik