The South Atlantic Council strives to create an open and transparent process and welcomes public comment and participation. Multiple opportunities are available for public comment on specific FMP amendments along with any other business that comes before the Council. All of the FMP amendment and meeting pages on this site provide access to the various comment opportunities for the activity.
All comments submitted to the Council become part of the official administrative record of the Council’s activities and are publicly accessible.
Fishery Management Plan Amendments
The Council accepts public comment on FMP amendments in multiple ways throughout their development. Comments may be submitted verbally or in writing as part of scheduled Public Scoping and Public Hearing sessions. These are formal events with specific commenting timelines specified for each individual amendment. Comment is also accepted through online forms at any time while an amendment is under development. Comment forms, along with information on amendment status and actions being considered, can be accessed on the amendment page. Finally, Council accepts comments, at each of its meetings, on any topics on the agenda as described below.
There are additional opportunities for comment once the Council submits an amendment to NOAA fisheries for consideration. NMFS will develop and take comment on proposed rules developed in response to an FMP amendment.
All Council and Advisory Panel meetings are open to the public. Public comment may be submitted in writing prior to a meeting or verbally at specified times during the meeting. Commenting information, forms, and deadlines are provided on the meeting information page for each Council meeting. For most meetings, written comments submitted by mail or email must be received one week before the meeting to be considered at the meeting. After that date, comments must be submitted through the online forms. Online commenting forms for Council meetings typically open when meeting materials are posted 2 weeks prior to the meeting and close when the meeting ends.
Commenting on amendments
- Visit the amendment page
- Learn about the management measures being proposed and the status of the amendment
- View the most recent documents
- Then, you may access an online comment form to submit comments
Amendments available for comment
CMP Amendment 34
Updates catch levels for Atlantic migratory group king mackerel and revises management measures for Atlantic migratory group king mackerel and Atlantic migratory group Spanish mackerel.Secretarial review
Comprehensive Acceptable Biological Catch Control Rule Amendment
Included in the Comprehensive Acceptable Biological Catch Control Rule Amendment. Modifies the Acceptable Biological Catch (ABC) Control Rule to address scientific uncertainty, management risk, and rebuilding stocks. Specifies criteria and procedures for phase-in of ABC changes and carry-over of unused portions of annual catch limits.Secretarial review
Comprehensive Commercial Electronic Logbook Amendment
Included in the Joint Commercial Electronic Logbook Reporting Amendment. Modifies reporting requirements for commercial logbooks in the snapper grouper, coastal migratory pelagics (mackerel and cobia) , and dolphin wahoo fisheries.Final approval
Coral Amendment 10
Establishes a Shrimp Fishery Access Area along the eastern boundary of the northern extension of the Oculina Bank Habitat Area of Particular Concern.Final approval
Dolphin Wahoo Regulatory Amendment 3
Includes actions that would increase the applicable geographic range of the 20” FL minimum size limit for dolphin, modify bag and vessel limits for dolphin, and reduce or remove captain and crew bag limits of dolphin.Scoping
Snapper Grouper Amendment 44
Adjusts yellowtail snapper catch levels.Scoping
Snapper Grouper Amendment 46
Addresses private recreational reporting and permitting.Scoping
Snapper Grouper Amendment 48
Modernizes the wreckfish Individual Transferable Quota program.Public hearing
Snapper Grouper Amendment 49
Adjusts greater amberjack catch levels and allocations.Final approval
Snapper Grouper Amendment 51
Adjusts snowy grouper catch levels, sector allocations, management measures, and accountability measures.Final approval
Snapper Grouper Amendment 52
Golden tilefish allocations and blueline tilefish bag limit and accountability measures.Final approval
Snapper Grouper Amendment 53
Addresses gag grouper rebuilding, catch levels, and allocations.Final approval
Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 35
Addresses release mortality issues in the snapper grouper fishery and modifications to red snapper catch levels.Public hearing