South Atlantic Fishery Management Council

Reminder! SAFMC Soliciting Applicants for Open Seats on Advisory Panels and Workgroup

Applications are due by May 1, 2023

Persons interested in becoming more involved in federal fisheries management may apply now for open seats on the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s advisory panels or to serve as a fishing representative on the System Management Plan (SMP) Workgroup. The SMP Workgroup addresses the needs of managed areas in federal waters in the South Atlantic. The Workgroup includes ecologists, coral scientists, mapping specialists, researchers, law enforcement and outreach representatives, and commercial and recreational fishermen.

The Council’s advisory panels provide grassroots information and recommendations used by the Council in developing and implementing federal fishery management plans and amendments. Issues to be addressed by advisory panel members in 2023 include a holistic approach to managing the snapper grouper fishery through a Management Strategy Evaluation and options for recreational permits; Spanish Mackerel management measures and mackerel port meetings; conservation of newly discovered deep water coral ecosystems; and input on law enforcement issues affecting several fisheries.

Members of the Council’s advisory panels include recreational and commercial fishermen, seafood dealers and processors, scientists, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) such as environmental groups and fishing organizations, and concerned citizens. Seats on advisory panels may be allotted by the state and fishery sector, with others considered “at large” and open to any interested person. Advisory panel members are appointed by the Council to three-year terms and may be reappointed for two additional terms. The Council’s advisory panels generally meet once or twice each year and members are compensated for travel and per diem expenses. Applications are now being solicited for the following positions:

System Management Plan Workgroup: (1) NC Recreational and (1) SC Commercial Representative      

Habitat Protection and Ecosystem-Based Management Advisory Panel: (1) NC Seat, (1) SC Seat, and (1) GA Seat

Law Enforcement Advisory Panel: (1) Open Seat                            

Mackerel Cobia Advisory Panel: (2) Open Seats                               

Shrimp Advisory Panel: (4) Open Seats

Snapper Grouper Advisory Panel: (1) NC Commercial and (2) NC Charter Seats; (1) SC Commercial and (2) SC Recreational/Charter Seats; (1) GA Open Seat; and (3) FL Commercial Seats and (2) FL Recreational Seats                           

How to Apply

Detailed instructions on how to apply and application forms for individual advisory panels and the System Management Plan Workgroup are available online from the Council’s website at: For questions, please contact Kim Iverson, Public Information Officer, at or call 843/571-4366.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Council representatives from their area to discuss their interest in serving. Contact information for all Council members is available the Council’s website at or through the Council office.

Applications must be received by Monday, May 1, 2023, for consideration by the Council during its June 12-16, 2023 meeting in St. Augustine, Florida.