December 2016 – Council Meeting Details

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December 5 - 9, 2016

DoubleTree by Hilton Atlantic Beach Oceanfront
2717 W. Fort Macon Road
Atlantic Beach NC 28512
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252-240-1155 / Fax: 252-222-4065

{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 5

8:30 am - 9:30 am: AP Selection Committee (PARTIALLY CLOSED)
9:30 am - 10:30 am: Law Enforcement Committee
10:30 am - 12:00 pm: SSC Selection Committee
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm: Protected Resources Committee
2:30 pm - 5:00 pm: Habitat Protection & Ecosystem-Based Management Committee

Tuesday, December 6

8:30 am - 10:30 am: SEDAR Committee (PARTIALLY CLOSED)
10:30 am - 11:30 am: Spiny Lobster Committee
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Joint Dolphin Wahoo/Snapper Grouper/Mackerel Cobia Committee
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Information & Education Committee
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm: Executive Finance Committee

Wednesday, December 7

8:00 am - 12:00 pm: Snapper Grouper Committee
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm: Snapper Grouper Committee (continued)

Thursday, December 8

8:00 am - 9:00 am: Personnel Committee (CLOSED)
9:00 am - 10:00 am: Snapper Grouper Committee (continued)
10:00 am - 11:00 am: Highly Migratory Species Committee
11:00 am - 12:00 pm: Mackerel Cobia Committee
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm: Citizen Science Committee
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm: Data Collection Committee
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm: Executive Finance Committee (continued)

6:00 pm - Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Public Hearing - Cobia PID
NOTE: This is a hearing of the ASMFC and is being held in conjunction with the SAFMC meeting. Comments provided during this session will be recorded for the ASMFC record only.

Friday, December 9

8:30 am - 1:00 pm: Council Session

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Monday - December 5

Tuesday - December 6

Wednesday - December 7

Thursday - December 8

Friday - December 9

In-Person Public Comment:

Wednesday, December 7 @ 5:30 PM

Public comment will be accepted on the following items scheduled for final approval in addition to other agenda items:

  • South Atlantic For-Hire Amendment
  • Snapper Grouper Amendment 41 (Mutton snapper)
  • Coastal Migratory Pelagics Amendment 29 – Gulf King Mackerel Allocations
  • Coastal Migratory Pelagics Amendment 30 – Cobia Fishing Year

Written Comments - Instructions and Deadlines for Submission

public_commentWritten comments must be submitted using the online comment form for the December 2016 Council Meeting. Click the Public Comment image on the left to access the online comment form.

Once comments are submitted using the online comment form, they are posted to the Council's website for the public to view. Read online comments here.

Note: The online comment form is unable to accept PDF attachments. If you have comments that contain official letterhead, electronic signatures, graphics, images, figures, and/or is a PDF, please e-mail the written comment as a PDF directly to Mike Collins at These items will be posted under the Other Comments folder on the briefing book materials.

If you are unable to access a computer, comments may also be submitted via mail or fax to:
4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201
N. Charleston, SC  29405
Fax: 843-769-4520


COMMENT PERIOD NOW CLOSED, effective 12:00 P.M. December 8, 2016.

November 28, 2016: 
Written comments received by close of business the Monday before the meeting (November 28) will be compiled, posted to the website as part of the meeting materials, and included in the administrative record.  Please use the online comment form to ensure your comments get distributed immediately to Council.

November 29 - December 8, 2016: 
Individuals that wish to submit comments after November 28 must use the Council's online comment form. Comments will automatically be posted to the website and available for Council consideration. Comments received prior to noon on Thursday of the Council meeting (12/8) will be a part of the meeting administrative record.

Joint Dolphin Wahoo/Snapper Grouper/Mackerel Cobia Committee:

  • Dolphin & Yellowtail Snapper Allocations - The Council will continue to review the draft amendment that addresses allocation in these two fisheries.
  • For-hire Limited Entry - The Council will review an options paper outlining approaches for developing a limited entry system affecting fedearl for-hire permits in the snapper grouper, dolphin wahoo, and mackerel fisheries.

Snapper Grouper Committee:

  • Mutton Snapper Management - The Council will review the final draft of Snapper Grouper Amendment 41 that would implement several management measures for mutton snapper.
  • Red Snapper & Recreational Reporting - The Council will review options for managing red snapper and approaches for reporting in the private recreational sector that are being proposed in Snapper Grouper Amendment 43.
  • Visioning Amendments - The Council will review options for both recreational and commercial management measures in the snapper grouper fishery. Items being considered were identified as priority action items in the Council's 2016-2020 Snapper Grouper Vision Blueprint.

Mackerel Cobia Committee:

  • Cobia Fishing Year - Coastal Migratory Pelagics Amendment 30 has one action that will change the recreational fishing year for Atlantic cobia. The proposed measure would impact management of Atlantic cobia, which extends from the FL/GA border northward to NY.

Items scheduled for final approval by the Council:

  • South Atlantic For-Hire Amendment
  • Snapper Grouper Amendment 41 (Mutton snapper)
  • Coastal Migratory Pelagics Amendment 29 – Gulf King Mackerel Allocations
  • Coastal Migratory Pelagics Amendment 30 – Cobia Fishing Year

Items scheduled for approval for scoping and/or public hearings:

  • Snapper Grouper Amendment 43 (Red Snapper) (scoping)
  • Recreational Visioning Amendment (scoping)
  • Commercial Visioning Amendment (scoping)
  • Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 10/Snapper Grouper Amendment 44 (Allocations) (public hearing)

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