South Atlantic Fishery Management Council

Get Involved

Serve on an Advisory Panel

Council advisors provide valuable input on Council actions. If you are interested in serving on an Advisory Panel, contact Kim Iverson, Public Information Officer at and look for news releases periodically advertising open seats.

Attend a Meeting

The Council conducts meetings year-round and throughout the region from North Carolina through the Florida Keys. All meetings conducted by the Council are open to the public and most are also available via webinar, allowing the public to tune-in over the web and listen in to discussions.

Submit a Comment

The Council strives to create an open and transparent process and welcomes public comment and participation. Multiple opportunities are available for public comment on specific FMP amendments along with any other business that comes before the Council.


Want to learn more about navigating the science and management process? The Marine Resource Education Program (MREP) Southeast will show you how!  The workshop-based program provides selected participants the opportunity to learn while interacting with fishery scientists and managers in a neutral environment.

Participate in Citizen Science

The Council’s Citizen Science Program engages fishermen, scientists, and managers in co-creating citizen science projects that align with the Council’s research needs. Participate in a project that improves information for fisheries management through collaborative science.

Become a Council Member

Council Members deliberate fishery issues and develop fishery management plans to manage South Atlantic fishery resources. Each year the U.S. Secretary of Commerce appoints new members to the eight regional fishery management councils as needed. The Secretary selects members from nominations submitted by the governors of fishing states, territories, and tribal governments.