June 2018 – Council Meeting Details

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June 10-15, 2018

Bahia Mar Doubletree by Hilton
801 Seabreeze Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
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{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.}

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Sunday, June 10

1:30 PM - 6:00 PM: Personnel Committee (CLOSED)

Monday, June 11

8:00 AM - 11:00 AM: Personnel Committee (CLOSED)

11:00 AM - 12:00 Noon: SSC Selection Committee (CLOSED)

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM: SEDAR Committee (Partially CLOSED)

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM: Citizen Science Committee

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM: Law Enforcement Committee (Partially CLOSED)

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM: Spiny Lobster Committee

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM: Habitat Protection and Ecosystem-Based Management Committee

6:00 PM - 6:15 PM: Overview of Exempted Fishing Permit Request

Tuesday, June 12

8:00 AM - 12:00 Noon: Snapper Grouper Committee

1:30 PM - 5:00 PM: Snapper Grouper Committee


Wednesday, June 13

8:00 AM - 12:00 Noon: Snapper Grouper Committee

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM: Snapper Grouper Committee


Thursday, June 14

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM: ABC Control Rule - Committee of the Whole

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM: Joint Habitat Ecosystem, Shrimp, and Golden Crab Committee

11:00 AM - 12:00 Noon: Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Committee

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM: Mackerel Cobia Committee

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM: SOPP's Committee

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM: Executive Finance Committee

6:00 PM: For-Hire Electronic Reporting Outreach Training


Friday, June 15

8:00 AM - 1:00 PM: Council Session

In-Person Public Comment:

Wednesday, June 13 @ 4:30 PM

Public comment will be accepted regarding the following agenda items in addition to other topics.

Approval for Formal Review:

  • Snapper Grouper Amendment 28 (Golden Tilefish)
  • CMP Amendment 31 (Atlantic Cobia)

Approval for Scoping:

  • Snapper Grouper Amendment 46 (Private Recreational Permitting & Reporting)
  • Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 29 (Best Practices & Powerheads)
  • Snapper Grouper Amendment 47 (For-Hire Permit Moratorium)
  • Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 30 (Red Grouper Rebuilding)
  • Coral Amendment 10/Shrimp Amendment 11/Golden Crab Amendment 10

Approval for Public Hearings:

  • Spiny Lobster Amendment 13 (Bully Nets)
  • CMP Framework Amendment 6 (King Mackerel Trip Limits)

Written Comments - Instructions and Deadlines for Submission

public_commentComment period opens on May 25, 2018.

Written comments must be submitted using the online comment form linked below.

Note: The online comment form is now able to accept attachments.

Once comments are submitted using the online comment form, they are posted to the Council's website for the public to view.

If you are unable to access a computer, comments may also be submitted via mail or fax to:
4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201
N. Charleston, SC  29405
Fax: 843-769-4520


June 4, 2018: 
Written comments (online and those submitted by mail/fax) received by close of business the Monday before the meeting (June 4) 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 5 - June 14, 2018: 
Individuals that wish to submit comments after June 4 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 (6/14/18) will be a part of the meeting administrative record.

Spiny Lobster Committee

  • The Council will review  Spiny Lobster Amendment 13 (Bully Netting) and provide guidance to staff on how to move forward with the amendment, possibly approving it for public hearings.

Mackerel Cobia Committee:

  • The Council will discuss whether or not to approve CMP Amendment 31, which proposes possible management jurisdiction changes for Atlantic cobia (GA-NY).
  • The Council will also discuss CMP Framework Amendment 6, which could reevaluate commercial trip limits of king mackerel in the EEZ. Public hearings for this issue will take place at the meeting.

Snapper Grouper Committee:

  • The Council will continue to discuss the Visioning Amendments (both recreational and commercial) after the recent public hearings (held in early May).
  • The Council will revisit Snapper Grouper Amendment 46, which outlines possible actions for private recreational reporting and permitting.
  • SG Regulatory Amendment 28, which proposes management changes for Golden Tilefish in the South Atlantic, will go before the Council and could be approved for formal review.
  • The Council will take a look at a scoping document for Snapper Grouper Amendment 47 (For-Hire Moratorium of federal SG permits) and possibly approve it for scoping meetings.

For-Hire Electronic Reporting Outreach Training

  • The Council will host a training for charter/headboat permit holders at 6PM on June 14, 2018. Attendees will be updated on the status of the amendment, learn about some of the possible tools available to them, and get hands on in-person training with app developers and Council staff.


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