Jan/Feb 2012 Public Hearings and Scoping Meetings

Scoping Meetings and Public Hearings for: Comprehensive Ecosystem-Based Amendment 3 (CE-BA 3); Shrimp; Spiny Lobster; Golden Crab; and Golden Tilefish

Note: The Council is accepting written comments on the documents listed below until 5:00 PM on February 15, 2012.

4:00 - 7:00 pm

January 24, 2012

Crowne Plaza Charleston Airport

4831 Tanger Outlet Blvd.

N. Charleston, SC 29418



January 26, 2012

BridgePointe Hotel & Marina

101 Howell Rd.

New Bern, NC 28562



January 30, 2012

Hilton Key Largo Resort

97000 Overseas Hwy.

Key Largo, FL 33037



January 31, 2012 (Note: this is a location change from information published in the FRN)

Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront

1550 North Atlantic Ave.

Cocoa Beach, FL 32931



February 1, 2012

Crowne Plaza Jacksonville Riverfront

1201 Riverplace Blvd.

Jacksonville, FL 32207



February 2, 2012

Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum

175 Bourne Ave.

Pooler, GA 31322





Meeting Postcard Announcement (PDF)  (Revised: posted 1/19/12))



Written comments will be received until February 15, 2012.  See Comments section below for additional information. 



Amendments for Scoping:

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

CE-BA 3 explores options for: restricting the use of powerhead gear by divers off the coast of North Carolina and throughout federal waters in the South Atlantic; the expansion of deepwater coral Habitat Areas of Particular Concern (HAPC); the establishment of mid-shelf Marine Protected Areas (MPA) to help protect speckled hind and warsaw grouper; the designation of a new MPA in the Florida Keys; the establishment of a recreational tag program for deepwater species; the increase in the minimum size limit for hogfish; changes in the bag and size limits for gray triggerfish; and modifications to commercial and for-hire permits and reporting requirements to ensure that Annual Catch Limits (ACL) are not exceeded.

Comments may be directed to: CEBA3ScopingComment@safmc.net


CE-BA 3 Scoping Document (Revised: posted 1/19/12)



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 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: ShrimpAmend9ScopingComment@safmc.net


Shrimp Amendment 9 Scoping Document




Amendments for Public Hearing:


Spiny Lobster Amendment 11:

Spiny Lobster Amendment 11 for the South Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico implements conservation measures to help protect threatened and endangered species in a manner that complies with the measures established in the 2009 biological opinion on the spiny lobster fishery.  Actions include: measures to create new area closures for the commercial lobster trap fishery in federal waters off the coast of Florida to help protect staghorn and elkhorn coral from gear impacts; and alternatives for commercial trap line marking requirements.

Comments may be directed to: SpLobAmend11PHComment@safmc.net


Spiny Lobster Draft Amendment 11 (appendices included)


Spiny Lobster Amendment 11 Public Hearing Summary


Enmienda 11 de Langosta Espinosa: Guia de Vista Publica (Public Hearing Summary in Spanish)



Golden Crab Amendment 6:

Golden Crab Amendment 6 includes alternatives to establishing a catch share program for the commercial golden crab fishery in the South Atlantic.

Comments may be directed to: GCrabAmend6PHComment@safmc.net


Golden Crab Amendment 6 (Revised: posted 1/19/12)


          Appendix A: Considered but Rejected Actions and Alternatives


Golden Crab Amendment 6 Public Hearing Summary



Snapper Grouper Amendment 18B:

Snapper Grouper Amendment 18B would: limit participation in the commercial golden tilefish fishery through the establishment  of endorsements for the longline and hook-and-line sectors; consider changes to the fishing year; set allocations between gear groups; modify/establish trip limits; and set modifications for the ACL. 

Comments may be directed to: SGAmend18BPHComment@safmc.net


Snapper Grouper Amendment 18B (golden tilefish)


Snapper Grouper Amendment 18B (golden tilefish) Public Hearing Summary (Revised - posted 2/8/12)




Written comments should be sent to Bob Mahood, Executive Director, South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201, N. Charleston, SC 29405 or via email to:


CEBA3ScopingComment@safmc.net for Comprehensive Ecosystem-Based Amendment 3


ShrimpAmend9ScopingComment@safmc.net for Amendment 9 to the Shrimp Fishery Management Plan (FMP)


SpLobAmend11PHComment@safmc.net for Amendment 11 to the Spiny Lobster FMP


GCrabAmend6PHComment@safmc.net for Amendment 6 to the Golden Crab FMP


SGAmend18BPHComment@safmc.net for Amendment 18B to the Snapper Grouper FMP


Written comments will be received from January 13, 2012 until 5:00 pm on February 15, 2012.

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