March 2020 – Council Meeting Details

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March 2 - 6, 2020

Westin Jekyll Island
110 Ocean Way
Jekyll Island, GA 31527
Phone: 1-888-627-8316


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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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Monday, March 2
  • 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM: Committee of the Whole
Tuesday, March 3
  • 8:30 AM - 12 Noon: Committee of the Whole
  • 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM: Committee of the Whole
Wednesday, March 4
  • 8:00 AM - 9:30: Habitat Protection & Ecosystem-Based Management Committee
  • 9:30 AM - 12:00 Noon: Mackerel Cobia Committee
  • 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM: Shrimp Committee
  • 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM: Dolphin Wahoo Committee
Thursday, March 5
  • 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM: SOPPs Committee (CLOSED SESSION)
  • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM: Executive Finance Committee
  • 10:30 AM - 12:00 Noon: Snapper Grouper Committee
  • 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM: Council Session
Friday, March 6
  • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM: Council Session

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In-Person Public Comment: Wednesday, March 4, 2019 @ 4:00 PM

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

Approval for Formal Review:

  • Shrimp Transit Provisions during cold-weather events: Shrimp Amendment 11
  • Spanish Mackerel Northern Zone Trip Limits: CMP Framework Amendment 9
Written Comments - Instructions and Deadlines for Submission

public_commentComment period opens on February 14, 2020.

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


Note: The online comment form accepts 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


February 24, 2020: 
Written comments (online and those submitted by mail/fax) received by close of business the Monday before the meeting (3/24/20) 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.

February 25 - March 5: 
Individuals that wish to submit comments after February 24 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 (03/05/20) will be a part of the meeting administrative record.


  • Formal Public Comment Session, Wednesday, March 4th beginning at 4:00 PM.


  • Dolphin Wahoo- The committee will continue to discuss management options for adding dolphin and wahoo as Ecosystem Component Species in the Dolphin Wahoo Fishery Management Plan via Amendment 12.


  • Coastal Migratory Pelagics- The committee will continue to discuss CMP Framework Amendment 9, reviewing comments from public hearings which occurred in January of this year. The Council will consider the amendment for approval for formal secretarial review.


  • Shrimp - The committee will continue to discuss Shrimp Amendment 11, which proposes modifications to shrimp transit provisions during cold-weather events. After reviewing public comments provided during public hearings held in February, the Council will consider the amendment for formal secretarial review.


  • Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary - The Council will receive updates from meetings held in Florida in early 2020 about proposed modifications to the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Based on those updates and subsequent discussions, the Council will provide recommendations to the Sanctuary.


  • Allocations - The Council will discuss the history of allocations in the South Atlantic and will begin to consider steps for moving forward with these challenging decisions.



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