|The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council is responsible for the conservation and management of many species found in federal waters in the South Atlantic region. For example, a total of 61 species of fish are included in the Snapper Grouper managment complex. Click the link for a list of managed species (pdf).
Fishery management plans developed by the Council include: Coastal Migratory Pelagics (includes king & Spanish mackerel), Coral, Dolphin Wahoo, Ecosystem-Based Amendments, Golden Crab, Habitat, Sargassum, Shrimp (including rock shrimp), Snapper Grouper, and Spiny Lobster. Listed below are species commonly found in the south Atlantic. Many are managed by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council. Click on the common name of each species for additional information including illustrations, biological characteristics, current regulations and/or contact information regarding the regulatory agency responsible for its management.
The management unit for coral includes coral belonging to the Class Hydrozoa (fire corals and hydrocorals) and coral belonging to the Class Anthozoa (sea fans, whips, precious corals, sea pens and stony corals). Coral reefs constitute hardbottoms, deepwater banks, patch reefs and outer bank reefs as defined in the Coral, Coral Reefs and Live/Hardbottom Habitat FMP (SAFMC 1982). In addition, live rock comprises living marine organisms, or an assemblage thereof, attached to a hard substrate, including dead coral or rock (but excluding individual mollusk shells).