South Atlantic Fishery Management Council

King and Spanish Mackerel Port Meetings

How do you envision the future of the king and Spanish mackerel fisheries? Join the conversation at a port meeting near you!

Council

Background

The South Atlantic Council manages important recreational and commercial fisheries, including king and Spanish mackerel. Members of the Council’s Mackerel Cobia Advisory Panel (AP) requested the Council hold a series of port meetings to gather more information on the Atlantic king and Spanish mackerel fisheries. AP members felt that a focused look into these fisheries was needed, especially as changing environmental conditions alter fishery dynamics.

At the urging of the AP, the Council is hosting a series of port meetings along the Atlantic coast throughout 2024. Port meetings are more than a public comment opportunity. Attendees will have the chance to actively discuss their perspectives with other fishery participants and local Council members. The South Atlantic Council recognizes that stakeholder input is essential in achieving effective management. These port meetings provide a unique opportunity for stakeholders in the king and Spanish mackerel fisheries to share their insights and ultimately define the future for these changing fisheries.

Goals and Objectives of Mackerel Port Meetings

  • Evaluate current goals and objectives of the Coastal Migratory Pelagics Fishery Management Plan.
  • Achieve the maximum economic and social yield from the fishery.
  • Maintain the long-term sustainability of stocks.
  • Maintain the integrity of fishing communities under climate change.
  • Achieve the most equitable management structure under climate change.
  • Identify underserved communities and equity and environmental justice concerns.
  • Consider inter-jurisdictional management and cooperation with other councils and commissions.

Upcoming Port Meetings: North Carolina

April 1, 2024 – 6pm to 8pm
North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries
Southern District Office
127 Cardinal Drive Extension
Wilmington, NC 28405

April 2, 2024 – 6pm to 8pm
North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries
Central District Office
5285 Highway 70 West
Morehead City, NC 28557

April 3, 2024 – 6pm to 8pm
Hatteras Village Civic Center
56658 North Carolina Hwy 12
Hatteras, NC 27943.

April 4, 2024 – 6pm to 8pm
Dare County Administrative Building
Board of Commissioners Meeting Room
954 Marshall C. Collins Dr.
Manteo, NC 27954

Future Port Meetings (timing tentative):

  • May: Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts (virtual)
  • June: New York
  • July: South Carolina and Georgia
  • October: Florida
  • November: Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and New Jersey
  • Virtual Webinar Opportunity TBA

Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council Efforts

King and Spanish mackerel are jointly managed by the Gulf Council. The Gulf Council will be undertaking a complementary effort to the South Atlantic Council’s Port Meeting endeavor. Their plan is tailored to the Gulf of Mexico region and aims to gather specific feedback on the movement and health of the fisheries, dynamics of fishing behavior, and their role within the ecosystem. For more information on the Gulf Council’s efforts, visit their website.

Thanks to the Mackerel Cobia Port Meetings Planning Team!