March 2 – 6, 2009 Council Meeting

Jekyll Island Club Hotel
371 Riverview Drive
Jekyll Island, GA  31527
Telephone: 1-800-535-9547 or 912-635-2600
Fax: 912-635-2818

Meeting Followup News Release (posted March 9, 2009)

Final Meeting Agenda (PDF) revised      Summary Motions (posted March 16, 2009)

Briefing Book Materials Now Available               


Public Comment:

Informal Question and Answer Session - Monday, March 2, 2009 at 5:30 PM - join Council member Dr. Roy Crabtree, Regional Administrator with NOAA Fisheries (NMFS) and Council chair Duane Harris to discuss issues relative to fisheries management within the Council's area of jurisdiction.

Interim Rule/Closure for Red Snapper Fishery - If the Council considers an Interim Rule request for addressing overfishing for red snapper, a public comment period will be held Thursday, March 5, 2009 at 1:45 PM.

Fishery Ecosystem Plan - A public comment session on the Fishery Ecosystem Plan will be held on Thursday, March 5, 2009 at 2:30 PM.


 Agenda Highlights

Limited Access Privilege (LAP) Program Committee
Review comments received during public scoping regarding a possible limited access program for the commercial black sea bass pot fishery and golden tilefish fishery.

Snapper Grouper Committee

  • Snapper Grouper Amendment 17 - Setting Annual Catch Limits for 10 snapper grouper species undergoing overfishing (snowy grouper, golden tilefish, speckled hind, warsaw grouper, red grouper, black grouper, black sea bass, gag, vermilion snapper and red snapper) - the Committee will review the revised document and make recommendations.
  • Red Snapper Interim Rule Request- the Committee will discuss recommendations regarding a possible Interim Rule request to NOAA Fisheries Service to address overfishing of red snapper that may include a closure of both the commercial and recreational fishery.
  • Comprehensive Annual Catch Limit Amendment - review public scoping comments.

Joint Habitat/Ecosystem-based Management Committees

  • Review public hearing comments on the Fishery Ecosystem Plan (FEP) and the Comprehensive Ecosystem-Based Amendment 1 and provide recommendations.  Note: the Council is scheduled to approve the Fishery Ecosystem Plan for submission to the Secretary of Commerce.

Note: The Council will also hold meetings of its Golden Crab, Mackerel, Dolphin/Wahoo, Spiny Lobster, and Shrimp Committees to review comments received during public scoping meetings regarding the Comprehensive Annual Catch Limit Amendment.