June 2016 – Council Meeting

SAFMC Council Meeting

June 13-17, 2016

Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront 
1550 N. Atlantic Avenue
Cocoa Beach FL 32931
1-800-445-8667 or 321-799-0003

Meeting Conclusions:

News Release

June 2016 Council Meeting Round-up Story Map: https://www.arcgis.com/apps/MapJournal/index.html?appid=eeb77ac2a23a4981be30eb4c986eb766 (Read further details and see images and other links)

June 2016 Meeting Report: http://cdn1.safmc.net/wp-content/uploads/sites/default/files/meetings/pdf/Council/2016/06_2016/SAFMC_MeetingReport_June2016v5.pdf

Summary Motions (posted 6/29)

Full Meeting Agenda (revised 5/27)

Briefing Book Materials (posted 5/27)

Briefing Book Table of Contents

Written Comments: NEW! 

Instructions and Deadlines for Submission:

  • Comment period is now closed.
  • June 6, 2016: Written comments received by close of business the Monday before the meeting (June 6) will be compiled, posted to the website as part of the meeting materials, and included in the administrative record.  Please use the online comment form to ensure your comments get distributed immediately to Council.
  • June 7-16, 2016: Individuals that wish to submit comments after June 6 must use the Council’s online comment form. Comments will automatically be posted to the website and available for Council consideration. Comments received prior to noon on Thursday of the Council meeting (6/16) will be a part of the meeting administrative record.
  • NOTE: If you have images or figures to submit with your written comments, please e-mail the written comment (with figures) directly to be posted under the briefing book materials.
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Final Summary Motions - (posted after meeting concludes)

Schedule At-A-Glance:

{Except for advertised (scheduled) public hearings and public comment sessions, the times indicated on the agenda may be adjusted as necessary to accommodate the completion of agenda items. Interested parties should be aware that meetings may start earlier or later than indicated.}

Monday, June 13

1:30 pm - 5:00 pm Habitat Protection & Ecosystem-Based Management Committee

Tuesday, June 14

8:30 am - 9:00 am SSC Selection Committee (CLOSED SESSION)
9:00 am - 10:00 am SEDAR Committee (PARTIALLY CLOSED)
10:00 am - 10:30 am Advisory Panel Selection Committee
10:30 am - 12:00 noon Joint Dolphin Wahoo/Snapper Grouper Committee
1:30 pm - 5:30 pm Snapper Grouper Committee

Wednesday, June 15

8:30 am - 5:30 pm Snapper Grouper Committee
5:30 pm  Formal Public Comment

Thursday, June 16

8:30 am -  9:30 am Law Enforcement Committee (PARTIALLY CLOSED)
9:30 am - 10:30 am Spiny Lobster Committee
10:30 am - 11:30 am Protected Resources Committee
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Data Collection Committee
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Executive Finance Committee
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Mackerel Committee

Friday, June 17

8:30 am - 12:00 pm ~ Council Session~


Wednesday, June 15 at 5:30 PM - Public Comment
Formal public comment accepted on meeting agenda items. See the meeting agenda and briefing book materials for details.



Mackerel Committee Meeting

  • Atlantic Cobia Management - The committee will review potential actions for CMP Framework Amendment 4 that may include changes to bag limits, vessel limits, minimum size limit, accountability measures, the start of the recreational fishing year, and a step-down for commercial harvest when commercial landings have reached a certain percentage of the commercial ACL. The Council is scheduled to approve the amendment for August 2016 public hearings.

Snapper Grouper Committee Meeting

  • Mutton Snapper Management - Review of Snapper Grouper Amendment 41 to revise biological parameters, catch levels, and management measures for mutton snapper. The Council is scheduled to approve the amendment for August 2016 public hearings.
  • Red Snapper Management - The committee will receive an update from NOAA Fisheries on 2015 removals of red snapper (relative to any 2016 season) and review future management options for red snapper to be addressed in Snapper Grouper Amendment 43.
  • Hogfish Management - Continued review of actions pertaining to hogfish management that will be addressed in Snapper Grouper Amendment 37.

Data Collection Committee Meeting

  • Electronic Reporting for Charter Vessels - The Atlantic For-Hire Reporting Amendment includes actions to require mandatory electronic reporting for charter (six-pack) vessels and modifies existing reporting requirements for headboats. The committee will discuss and modify the document as necessary. NOTE: The reporting requirements would affect vessels involved in the South Atlantic Snapper Grouper fishery, Dolphin Wahoo fishery, and Coastal Migratory Pelagic fishery along the Atlantic coast.  

Joint Dolphin Wahoo/ Snapper Grouper Committees:

  • Dolphin & Yellowtail Snapper Management - Review of Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 10/Snapper Grouper Amendment 44 that will address allocations for dolphinfish and yellowtail snapper.

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