04/03/18 – SAFMC News Release: Upcoming Meetings Will Address Federal Fisheries Management Issues


April 3, 2018
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Kim Iverson/843-571-4366/kim.iverson@safmc.net

Upcoming Meetings Will Address Federal Fisheries Management Issues

Advisory panels provide grassroots input; Cobia Stock ID Workshop; Scientists convene in May


Fishermen and others interested in federal fishery management issues will want to mark their calendars for upcoming meetings that may affect fishing for snapper, grouper, black sea bass, mackerel, cobia, rock shrimp, and golden crab as well as policies affecting essential fish habitat and ecosystem-based management. The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold several advisory panel meetings as well as a meeting of the Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) in the coming weeks. A workshop to address stock boundaries for cobia is also scheduled as part of a benchmark stock assessment for cobia.

The Council’s advisory panel members, representing recreational fishermen, charter captains, commercial fishermen, seafood dealers and others knowledgeable about fisheries issues, provide grassroots input into the fishery management process. The Council’s SSC is responsible for reviewing the scientific basis of Council management plans and actions and developing fishing level recommendations in accordance with national fisheries guidelines. Members of the SSC include stock assessment scientists, economists, biologists, sociologists, and others knowledgeable about fisheries in the South Atlantic.

Additional information about the meetings listed below, including meeting agendas, overviews, and briefing book materials will be available online (see details below). Members of the public are invited to attend all meetings. The advisory panel meetings and the SSC meeting will also be accessible online via webinar as they occur. Webinar registration is required and details are posted on the meeting pages of the website.


SEDAR Cobia Stock ID Workshop

April 10-12, 2018

Meeting Location: Town and Country Inn, 2008 Savannah Highway, Charleston, SC 29407

The Southeast Data, Assessment, and Review (SEDAR) benchmark stock assessment for cobia is scheduled to start in 2018. It will be a multi-step process consisting of a series of workshops and webinars. Cobia stock identification will be resolved through a multi-step process prior to the Data Workshop scheduled as part of the SEDAR 58 stock assessment. The Cobia Stock ID Workshop is the first step in this process. Participants in the Stock ID Workshop include data collectors, database managers, stock assessment scientists, fishermen, environmentalists and non-government organizations, and staff from state and federal agencies.

Workshop participants will review all available, relevant information on cobia stock structure including genetic studies, growth patterns, movement and migration, existing stock definitions, and oceanographic and habitat characteristics and make recommendations on biological stock structure and the assessment unit stock or stocks to be addressed through the SEDAR 58 assessment. They will also document the rationale behind their recommendations. Additional information is available at: http://sedarweb.org/sedar-58.


Advisory Panel Meeting Agenda Highlights

Meeting Materials:The AP meeting materials and webinar registration information will be posted as they become available at: https://safmc.net/safmc-meetings/current-advisory-panel-meetings/.


Meeting Locations:All of the following advisory panel meetings will be held at theCrowne Plaza Hotel, 4831 Tanger Outlet Boulevard, North Charleston, SC 29418 unless otherwise indicated.


April 11-13, 2018 – Snapper Grouper Advisory Panel Meeting 

  • Review of Regulatory Amendment 28 addressing measures for golden tilefish
  • Socio-economic profile of the commercial snapper grouper fishery
  • Development of Fishery Performance Reports for red porgy and greater amberjack
  • Citizen Science Program research needs; law enforcement priorities; and updates on amendment development


April 16-17, 2018 – Mackerel Cobia and Cobia Sub-Panel Advisory Panel Meeting

  • Updates on Atlantic cobia management and the SEDAR 58 benchmark stock assessment and Cobia Stock ID


  • Development of Fishery Performance Reports for king mackerel and Spanish mackerel
  • Atlantic Spanish mackerel – discussion of gill net mesh size regulations
  • King mackerel – discussion of the king mackerel trip limit system for the commercial fishery in the Atlantic Southern Zone


April 18-19, 2018 – Law Enforcement Advisory Panel Meeting

  • Law enforcement and the Wreckfish IFQ Program review
  • Discussion of penalties for non-reporting
  • Shrimp regulations (recreational fishing and possession); Spiny lobster regulations (bully net and gear

modification); enforcement priorities, Spanish mackerel gill net mesh size requirements

  • Use of a mobile app to assist enforcement of reporting requirements, enforcement of managed areas, and protected resources issues


April 25-26, 2018 – Joint Golden Crab and Deepwater Shrimp Advisory Panels Meeting

Meeting Location: Daytona Beach Resort, 2700 N. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach, FL 32118

  • Development of a joint Coral, Golden Crab, and Shrimp Amendment to address allowable fishing areas, VMS for the gold crab fishery, and transit provisions for the shrimp trawl fishery
  • Discussion of the royal red shrimp fishery
  • Update on deep-sea coral research


May 9, 2018 – Coral Advisory Panel Meeting

Meeting Location: Webinar only

  • Development of a joint Coral, Golden Crab, and Shrimp Amendment to address allowable fishing areas, VMS for the gold crab fishery, and transit provisions for the shrimp trawl fishery
  • Discussion of coral disease off South Florida
  • Update on deep-sea coral research


May 15-16, 2018 – Habitat Protection and Ecosystem-Based Management Advisory Panel Meeting

  • Update on the Council’s Fishery Ecosystem Plan II, Dashboard, and Two-Year Roadmap
  • Working session on Ocean Observing Needs for fish, fish habitat, and fisheries


Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC)

May 1-3, 2018

Meeting Location: Town & Country Inn,2008 Savannah Highway, Charleston, SC 29407.

      Members of the SSC will convene to discuss scientific issues including fishing level recommendations for black sea bass and vermilion snapper based on recently completed stock assessments. SSC members will also recommend an acceptable biological catch (ABC) for blueline tilefish from Cape Hatteras, NC to the NC/VA border and for golden tilefish based on the most recent projections and information for the fishery. An ABC Control Rule Amendment being developed by the Council will also be reviewed along with SEDAR stock assessment projects and schedules. Stock assessments are currently being planned for yellowtail snapper, cobia, scamp, and king mackerel.

Public comment will be accepted during the SSC meeting and the meeting is available via webinar as it occurs. Webinar registration is required. Additional information will be posted at: https://safmc.net/safmc-meetings/scientific-and-statistical-committee-meetings/as it becomes available.