South Atlantic Fishery Management Council

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South Atlantic Fishery Management Council to Meet September 12-16, 2022

Members of the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council will meet in Charleston, South Carolina September 12-16, 2022 to discuss federal fishery management issues. The South Atlantic Council is responsible for management of marine resources in federal waters (ranging from 3 to 200 nautical miles) off the coasts of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and the east coast of Florida.

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Snowy Grouper, Golden Tilefish, and Blueline Tilefish are popular targets when fishing deepwater reefs and sand bottoms along the South Atlantic coast. New measures are being proposed for these species and public hearings are scheduled to provide an overview and to get your input.

Council to Hold Public Hearings: ABC Control Rule; Management Measures for Snowy Grouper and Tilefish

Fishermen and others interested in federal fisheries issues are invited to participate in upcoming public hearings being held via webinar. The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council is soliciting input on management measures being proposed through three amendments to federal fishery management plans. In addition to the webinar hearings below, the Council will also take public […]

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Members of the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council will convene their 5-day September meeting beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, September 12, 2022. The in-person meeting will be held at the Town and Country Inn in Charleston, South Carolina and is open to the public. The Council meets quarterly each year, with the March meeting held in Georgia, the June meeting in Florida, the September meeting in South Carolina and the December meeting in North Carolina.

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Fishing level recommendations for Yellowtail Snapper in federal waters will be addressed during a joint meeting of the Scientific and Statistical Committees from both the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council and the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council. The joint webinar meeting is scheduled for the morning of Thursday, August 4th.

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The Council’s Seminar Series continues this coming Tuesday with a presentation from Angler’s Atlas, a digital platform that has been collecting fisheries data from anglers since 2018 through its mobile application MyCatch.

South Atlantic Council Moving Forward to Address Red Snapper and Reduce Release Mortality in Snapper Grouper Fishery

The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council will continue to develop measures to revise catch levels for Red Snapper and help reduce release mortality for all species managed in the Snapper Grouper Fishery Management Plan. Reductions in catch levels for Red Snapper are required to end overfishing. The most recent stock assessment for Red Snapper shows the stock remains overfished and is undergoing overfishing, primarily due to the increasing number of fish that die after being released throughout the year as the stock continues to rebuild. Council members considered public input and recommendations from the Snapper Grouper Advisory Panel during discussions at the Council meeting last week in Key West, Florida. The measures are proposed in Regulatory Amendment 35 to the Snapper Grouper Fishery Management Plan and would apply to federal waters off the coasts of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and the east coast of Florida.

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Next week’s meeting of the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council will be a busy one, as Council members address federal fishery issues ranging from ways to reduce release mortality in the Snapper Grouper fishery to evaluating the Council’s Citizen Science Program.

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Members of the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council will meet June 13-17 to discuss federal fisheries management issues. The meeting will take place at the Marriott Beachside Hotel in Key West, Florida.