1/08/14 – Federal Fishery Public Hearings/Scoping Meetings and Q&A Webinars Scheduled for January

South Atlantic Fishery Management Council

News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                 

January 6, 2014  


CONTACT:  Kim Iverson

Public Information Officer

Toll Free 866/SAFMC-10 or 843/571-4366



Upcoming Public Hearing/Scoping Meetings and Q&A Webinar Scheduled for Snapper Grouper and Mackerel Amendments 

Council seeks public comment on management measures affecting several snapper grouper species and king mackerel.

The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council is requesting public input on proposed management measures affecting the fishery management plans for snapper grouper, and coastal migratory pelagics (king mackerel).  The public is encouraged to provide written comment and participate in upcoming public hearings scheduled throughout the region between January 13 - February 4, 2015. See the schedule listed below.

The public can also join Council staff for an informational Q&A webinar to learn about the amendment prior to attending the public hearing. 

The following amendments to fishery management plans are being considered.

Public Hearing:

  • Snapper Grouper Amendment 35 -  The amendment would remove 4 species from the Snapper Grouper FMU: black snapper, dog snapper, mahogany snapper, and schoolmaster. Additionally, the amendment makes modifications to the current commercial longline endorsements for golden tilefish. The changes to the endorsements are being proposed to reflect the Councils intent regarding which gear-specific quota (longline or hook-and-line) endorsement holders may fish under. 


  • Coastal Migratory Pelagics Amendment 26The amendment addresses measures for king mackerel, including options to revise Annual Catch Limits and the stock boundary for king mackerel, allow the sale of king mackerel bycatch in the shark gillnet fishery, and establish a sub-quota specific to the new mixing zone.

Amendment Documents and Materials: 

The amendment summary document, draft amendment, and presentations will be available on the Council's Public Hearing and Scoping Meeting page.

Q&A Webinar: 

Snapper Grouper Amendment 35

January 8, 2015

6:00 PM 

Join Council staff via webinar to learn about the amendment and ask questions. Registration is required. Click the Register Now button to sign up. 


Public Hearing and Scoping Meeting Schedule: 

January 13, 2015

5:30PM - 7:30PM

(*Note start time.)

Key West Beachside Marriott

3841 N. Roosevelt Boulevard

Key West, FL  33040

Note: Hearing for SG Amendment 35 only.

January 21, 2015

4:00PM - 7:00PM

Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront
1550 N. Atlantic Avenue

Cocoa Beach, FL  32931

Note: Hearing for SG Amendment 35 and scoping for CMP Amendment 26.

January 27, 2015

4:00PM - 7:00PM

Kimball Lodge at Hobcaw Barony
22 Hobcaw Road

Georgetown, SC  29442

Note: Hearing for SG Amendment 35 only.

February 4, 2015 

Scoping meeting via webinar


Note: Scoping for CMP Amendment 26 only. 

Submit Public Comment:

Can't attend a meeting ? Written comments are also being accepted for both amendments. Comments may be submitted through:

  • Mail/Fax - ATTN: Robert Mahood, SAFMC, 4055 Faber Place, Suite 201, North Charleston, SC  29405; 843-769-4520 (fax)
  • E-mail - mike.collins@safmc.net (Please include the name of the amendment your are submitting comments about in the subject line of your e-mail.)
  • Deadline for Submitting Comments:
    • Snapper Grouper Amendment 35 - February 4, 2015 by 5PM.
    • Coastal Migratory Pelagics Amendment 26 - February 11, 2015 by 5PM