SAFMC – December 2015 Council Meeting

December 7-11, 2015

2717 W. Fort Macon Road
Atlantic Beach, NC 28512
Phone: 1-800-222-8733 or 252-240-1155

Meeting Agenda 

Briefing Book Materials (posted 11/23)

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Final Summary Motions - September 2015 Council Meeting (posted after meeting concludes)

Schedule At-A-Glance:

{Except for advertised (scheduled) public hearings and public comment sessions, the times indicated on the agenda may be adjusted as necessary to accommodate the completion of agenda items. Interested parties should be aware that meetings may start earlier or later than indicated.}

Monday, December 7

8:00 am - 10:15 am Council Member Visioning Workshop
10:15 am - 6:00 pm Personnel Committee (CLOSED SESSION)

Tuesday, December 8

8:00 am - 9:30 am SEDAR Committee 
9:30 am - 12:00 pm Habitat Protection & Ecosystem-Based Management Committee 
1:30 pm - 5:30 pm Snapper Grouper Committee 

Wednesday, December 9

8:30 am - 12:00 pm Snapper Grouper Committee
1:30 pm - 5:00 pm Snapper Grouper Committee
5:30 pm  Formal Public Comment

Thursday, December 10

8:00 am - 8:30 am  SSC Selection Committee (CLOSED SESSION)
8:30 am - 9:00 am Information & Education Committee
9:00 am - 10:30 am Mackerel Committee
10:30 am - 12:00 pm Data Collection Committee
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Dolphin Wahoo Committee
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Spiny Lobster Committee
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Protected Resources Committee
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Executive Finance Committee

Friday, December 11

8:30 am - 3:30 pm ~Full Council Session~


Wednesday, December 9 at 5:30 PM - Public Comment
Formal public comment accepted on meeting agenda items. See the meeting agenda and briefing book materials for details. 

Submitting written comments: Written comments on the following amendments and agenda items can be submitted up to the day of the public comment session. 

  • Draft Vision Blueprint
  • Dolphin Wahoo Regulatory Amendment 1
  • Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 16
  • Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 25
  • System Management Plan for Deepwater Marine Protected Areas.

Public comments can be e-mailed to Please include in the subject line of your e-mail the name of the amendment or agenda item for reference.


Visioning Workshop

  • Vision Blueprint for the Snapper Grouper Fishery - The Council will review the final document and adopt the 2016 - 2020 Vision Blueprint. Council will also discuss amendment examples and approaches that could be developed from the priority actions in the Blueprint in 2016-2017. 

Dolphin Wahoo Committee Meeting

  • Dolphin Wahoo Regulatory Amendment 1 (dolphin) - The amendment will establish options commercial trip limits for dolphin. The Council will review public input, select preferred alternatives and is scheduled to approve the amendment for Secretarial review.  

Snapper Grouper Committee Meeting

  • Regulatory Amendment 16 - (black sea bass pot closure) - The amendment modifies the current (November through April) commercial pot fishery closure and will specify new black sea bass pot gear modifications that reduce the required breaking strength for buoy lines and weak links, and changes to aid in gear identification in the event of a whale entanglement.  The Council is scheduled to approve the amendment for Secretarial review. 

  • Regulatory Amendment 25 (blueline tilefish, yellowtail snapper, and black sea bass) - The amendment addresses fishing levels, commercial trip limit, and recreational bag limit for blueline tilefish; adjustments to the fishing year and commercial accountability measures for yellowtail snapper; and increases to the recreational bag limit for black sea bass. The Council is scheduled to approve the amendment for Secretarial review. 

  • System Management Plan for Deepwater Marine Protected Areas - The plan outlines research/monitoring, enforcement and outreach goals and objectives for the 8 deepwater MPAs established through Snapper Grouper Amendment 14. The Council is scheduled to approve the System Management Plan. 

  • Amendment 37 (hogfish) - Actions in the amendment nclude modifying the Fishery Management Unit for hogfish (genetic evidence indicates three distinct stocks); revising fishing levels and other measures, as appropriate, for the two stocks in the SAFMC jurisdiction; establish a rebuilding plan for the Florida Keys/East Florida stock, and commercial and recreational management measures for each stock. The Council is scheduled to approve the amendment for public hearings in early 2016.

Data Collection Committee Meeting

  • Joint Charterboat Reporting Amendment- The amendment proposes to implement electronic logbook reporting for charter boats in the South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. Council is scheduled to approve the amendment for public hearing. 

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