Archive – August 2012 Public Hearings

August 2012
Public Hearings: Comprehensive Ecosystem-Based Amendment 3;
Shrimp Amendment 9; and Joint Dealer Permit
MPA Public Workshops
Informal Public Input
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Post Card Announcement (PDF)

The Council has scheduled a series of public hearings to gather public input on a broad range of management measures proposed in the amendments listed below. The Council reviewed proposed measures in the amendments during its June 11-14, 2012 meeting in Orlando and approved the items below for public hearings in August.

NOTE: Documents for the meetings are now available (scroll down).

Written comments may also be submitted to the Council using the email addresses listed below or to the address listed in the documents. Comments must be received by 5:00 PM on August 20, 2012.

*MPA Workshops: In conjunction with hearings scheduled for North Carolina and Florida, the Council held public workshops to gather input regarding the use of marine protected areas to reduce bycatch for speckled hind and warsaw grouper. Workshops were held earlier in South Carolina and Georgia.

Informal Public Input: The Council is soliciting public input on management measures proposed for king mackerel, Spanish mackerel and cobia. Access the "List of Potential Actions" by scrolling down to the meeting documents.

August 6, 2012

Richmond Hill City Center

520 Cedar Street

Richmond Hill, GA 31324



August 7, 2012*

Jacksonville Marriott

4670 Salisbury Road

Jacksonville, FL 32256



August 8, 2012*

Doubletree Hotel

2080 North Atlantic Ave.

Cocoa Beach, FL 32931



August 9, 2012*

Key Largo Grande

97000 South Overseas Hwy.

Key Largo, FL 33037



August 14, 2012

Hilton Garden Inn

5265 International Blvd.

North Charleston, SC 29418



August 16, 2012*

Hilton New Bern Riverfront

100 Middle Street

New Bern, NC 28560


Amendments for Public Hearing:

Comprehensive Ecosystem-Based Amendment 3 (CE-BA 3):

Includes proposed measures to modify commercial and for-hire permits and reporting requirements to ensure that Annual Catch Limits (ACLs) are not exceeded.


Update: During its June 2012 meeting, the Council moved two management actions from CE-BA 3 for futher consideration. Both actions, 1) to reduce bycatch of speckled hind and warsaw grouper through the use of marine protection areas and 2) expansion deepwater coral protected areas, will be addressed by the Council during its September meeting in Charleston, SC. Additional Public MPA Workshops were held in conjunction with this series of public hearings as noted.


Comments may be directed to:


Comprehensive Ecosystem-Based Amendment 3


CE-BA 3 Public Hearing Summary




Shrimp Amendment 9:

Shrimp Amendment 9 would modify the current protocol used by individual states to request concurrent closures of federal waters during severe cold weather. This would expedite the closure process for federal waters and help protect over-wintering shrimp populations. The amendment would also revise the Minimum Stock Size Threshold (MSST) proxy for pink shrimp.

Comments may be directed to:


Shrimp Amendment 9


Shrimp Amendment 9 Public Hearing Summary




Joint South Atlantic/Gulf Generic Dealer Amendment:

This amendment addresses alternatives for a "universal" federal dealer permit for both the South Atlantic and Gulf regions, requirements for dealer reporting (frequency and methods), and requirements to maintain dealer permits.

Comments may be directed to:


Dealer Reporting Amendment


Dealer Reporting Amendment Public Hearing Summary


Presenation via YouTube from Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council




Management Measures for King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, and Cobia:

Update: During its June 2012 meeting, the Council deferred approving two amendments for public hearing currently under development in conjunction with the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council: Joint South Atlantic/Gulf Mackerel Amendment 19 addressing permit issues and tournament sale requirements of Coastal Migratory Pelagics (CMPs) and Joint South Atlantic/Gulf Mackerel Amendment 20 addressing boundaries for Gulf migratory group king mackerel as well as change the opening date for Gulf migratory group king mackerel in the Western Zone. The councils will continue working on management alternatives for the two amendments and public hearings will be held at a later date. The Council is soliciting informal public comment during the August 2012 meetings. (See information above)

Comments may be directed to:


Summary of Potential Actions for Coastal Migratory Pelagics (King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel and Cobia)