Public Hearings and Scopings – August 2017

Public Hearing Items: Snapper Grouper Amendment 43

The amendment proposes modifying the annual catch limit (ACL) for red snapper. The Council is proposing the modification to the ACL in order to allow limited harvest of red snapper in 2018. The Council will hold public hearings on the amendment in August via webinar and during its September 11-15, 2017 meeting in Charleston, SC. The Council is scheduled to approve the amendment in September for review by the Secretary of Commerce in order to have measures in place by 2018.

NOTE: A Question & Answer Session is scheduled for Thursday, August 3rd at 6 PM

 Scoping Items: Coastal Migratory Pelagics (CMP) Amendment 31

The amendment proposes alternatives for cobia management, including continuing joint management measures with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) or the complete transfer of Atlantic cobia management jurisdiction to the (ASMFC). The Council will hold a scoping webinar on the amendment in August.

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Meeting Schedule - Dates, Locations, & Webinar Registration

The Council will be taking public comment during scheduled scoping and public hearing webinars, listening stations, and in-person meetings and will also accept written comments. See below for instructions on submitting written comments.

August 3, 2017
Question and Answer Session
6:00 PM
Snapper Grouper Amendment 43
Webinar Registration

August 8, 2017 
Public Hearing Webinar
6:00 PM
Snapper Grouper Amendment 43
Webinar Registration

August 10, 2017 
Public Hearing Webinar
10:00 AM and 6:00 PM
Snapper Grouper Amendment 43
10:00 AM Webinar Registration
6:00 PM Webinar Registration

August 15, 2017
Scoping Webinar
6:00 PM & 7:00 PM
CMP Amendment 31 (cobia management)
Webinar Registration

*The CMP Amendment 31 Scoping Webinar presentation, Q&A, and public comment session will be repeated again at 7:00 PM or later, depending on the end time of the first webinar*


Public comment will be taken during the webinar public hearing. The Council is also accepting written comments using an online public comment form beginning July 27, 2017.


Written comments may be submitted by using the online public comment form, mail, or fax.

Deadline for Snapper Grouper Amendment 43 comments: September 11, 2017 at 12:00 PM

Deadline for Coastal Migratory Pelagics Amendment 31 comments: August 18, 2017 at 5:00 PM

Submit Written Comment - Online public comment forms:

Click here to submit a written comment for Snapper Grouper Amendment 43- CLOSED

Click here to submit a written comment for CMP Amendment 31- CLOSED

Click to read other submitted written comments for Snapper Grouper Amendment 43

Click to read other submitted written comments for CMP Amendment 31


Submit Written Comment - By mail or fax:

  • Comments by mail: Send comments to Gregg Waugh, Executive Director, SAFMC, 4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201, N. Charleston, SC 29405
  • Comments by fax: Send to 843/769-4520