Briefing Materials for Allocation Committee Meeting, July 8-9, 2008

Public Hearings – How They Work

Public hearings are considered an important step in the management process because they give stakeholders an opportunity to,

  • Learn more about proposed actions and management measures being considered by the Council;
  • Speak with Council members and staff about the draft amendments being considered, and
  • Give formal public comment on the record about their ideas and suggestions on the proposed measures.

Public hearings are typically held in January and August each year but can also be given at other times of the year if there is an emergency measure that needs to be considered for a fishery. During the public hearing, Council staff provides an overview of each draft amendment and are available to informally answer questions. Members of the public can also informally talk with local Council member representatives prior to sitting down before the Council members in attendance and going on record to provide public testimony about the proposed management measures.

Public hearing information is posted on the Council's website and includes the public hearing schedule (dates/locations), amendment overviews, public hearing amendment documents and instructions for submitting written comment.

In an effort to improve outreach and communication about the draft amendments, Council staff provide live Q&A sessions via webinar one week prior to each round of public hearings. Registration is required and is posted on the public hearing page below.

Public Hearings Scheduled for August 5-17, 2013

Amendments to the Fishery Management Plans for Snapper Grouper, Dolphin Wahoo, Coral, and Coastal Migratory Pelagics

Click on the quick links below to direct you to information on the public hearings, including:

Public Hearing Schedule

All public hearings are scheduled from 4p.m. to 7p.m.

Monday, August 5
Richmond Hill City Center
520 Cedar Street
Richmond Hill, GA  31324
Phone: 912-445-0043 phone
Tuesday, August 6
Jacksonville Marriott
4670 Salisbury Road
Jacksonville, FL 32256
Phone: 904/296-2222



Wednesday, August 7
Doubletree Hotel
2080 N. Atlantic Avenue
Cocoa Beach, FL  32931
Phone: 321-783-9222 phone
Thursday, August 8
Hilton Key Largo Resort
97000 South Overseas Highway
Key Largo, FL 33037
Phone: 305-852-5553 phone
Tuesday, August 13
Hilton Garden Inn
5265 International Boulevard
North Charleston, SC 29418
Phone: 843/308-9330 phone
Thursday, August 15
Bridge Point Hotel
101 Howell Road
New Bern, NC  28582
Phone: 252-636-3637 phone

Additional Hearings in Other Regions:

Mid-Atlantic Region:

Note - This hearing is being held in conjunction with the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council meeting being held August 13-15, 2013. The SAFMC amendments to be covered at this hearing include Coastal Migratory Pelagic Amendments 19, 20 & Framework action; Dolphin/Wahoo Amendment 5; and the Generic Dealer Amendment.

Wednesday, August 14 - 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Double Tree by Hilton Wilmington
4727 Concord Pike
Wilmington, DE 19803

New England Region:

Note - This hearing is being held jointly with the New England Fishery Management Council. The SAFMC amendments to be covered at this hearing include Dolphin/Wahoo Amendment 5 and the Generic Dealer Amendment.

Thursday, August 15, 2013 - 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Radisson Airport Hotel
2081 Post Road
Warwick, RI 02886


Public Hearing Amendment Overview:

  • Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 14 - The draft regulatory amendment addresses proposed changes for species within the snapper grouper management complex including greater amberjack, gag grouper, vermilion snapper, and black sea bass.
  • Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 5 - The draft amendment includes minor revisions to the acceptable biological catch, annual catch limits, and other management parameters for dolphin and wahoo to incorporate updates to the Marine Recreational Information Program.  Additionally, the amendment includes measures for revising the framework procedure for dolphin and wahoo, and establishment of commercial trip limits for dolphin.
  • Coastal Migratory Pelagics (Mackerel) Amendments 19, 20 and Framework - Three draft amendments affecting fisheries for king mackerel, Spanish mackerel and cobia are being developed jointly by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council and the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council.  Issues include: the sale of bag limit king mackerel and Spanish mackerel (including tournament sale of king mackerel); elimination of inactive king mackerel permits; modifications to income requirements for federal permits; transit provisions; annual catch limits and targets for cobia; transfer at sea and gillnet allowances for Spanish mackerel; trip limits for king mackerel; and consideration of regional annual catch limits for king mackerel and Spanish mackerel.
  • Coral Amendment 8 - The amendment includes alternatives for expanding protection of of Deepwater Coral Habitat Areas of Particular Concern (HAPCs) and transit provisions through the Oculina Bank HAPC located off the central east coast of Florida.

Public Hearing Materials: Amendment Documents

Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 14:

Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 5:

Coastal Migratory Pelagics Amendment 19:

Coastal Migratory Pelagics Amendment 20:

Coastal Migratory Pelagics Framework: 

Coral Amendment 8:

Submitting Public Comment

Comments must be received by 5:00 P.M. on August 18, 2013 and may be submitted by letter, e-mail or fax to:

  • Mail:  Bob Mahood, Executive Director, South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201, N. Charleston, SC  29405
  • Fax: 843-769-4520
  • E-mail: 

Q&A Webinar Sessions with Council Staff

DATES/TIME: All webinars begin at 6pm.

  • July 29: Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 5
  • July 30: Coastal Migratory Pelagics Amendments 19, 20, and Framework
  • July 31: Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 14 and Coral Amendment 8

PURPOSE: To provide information to the public about the actions proposed in each of the six amendments for the public hearings and to provide an informal setting for the public to ask Council staff questions about the amendment and Vessel Monitoring Systems (VMS). PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS NOT A FORMAL PUBLIC COMMENT SESSION. See above information on public hearings and how to submit written comment.
WEBINAR FORMAT: Council staff will provide a powerpoint presentation providing an overview of each amendment. Following the presentation, participants can take turns asking questions to Council staff by using the "raise hand" feature on the webinar. The Q&A session will be moderated by Council staff to allow for an informal discussion between staff and participants. PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS NOT A FORMAL PUBLIC COMMENT SESSION. See above information on public hearings and how to submit written comment.

Register To Participate:

July 29: Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 5

July 29: Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 5

July 30: Coastal Migratory Pelagics Amendments 19, 20, and Framework

July 30: Coastal Migratory Pelagics Amendments 19, 20, and Framework

July 31: Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 14 and Coral Amendment 8

July 31: Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 14 and Coral Amendment 8

Registration for the webinar is required to participate. Registered participants will be sent a confirmation e-mail with instructions on how to access the webinar.

Once registered, participants have the option to log-in to the webinar and listen in via their computer mic and speakers or they can use the phone number provided in the confirmation e-mail to call in to the webinar to listen to the presentation and Q&A session.

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