March 2014 – Council Meeting

March 3-7, 2014

Hilton Savannah DeSoto
15 East Liberty Street
Savannah, GA 31401
912-232-9000/1-877-280-0751 phone

Meeting Postcard

Meeting Agenda

Briefing Book Materials (posted February 13, 2014)

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Monday - March 3

Tuesday - March 4

Wednesday - March 5

Thursday - March 6

Friday - March 7

Final Committee Reports (posted 3/12)

Summary Motions (posted 4/23)


Wednesday, March 5 at 5:30 PM - Informal Question / Answer Session
Led by NOAA Fisheries Regional Administrator Dr. Roy Crabtree and Council Chairman Ben Hartig.

Thursday, March 6 at 5:30 PM - Public Comment
Formal public comment accepted on all amendments scheduled for Secretarial approval (listed below) and other agenda items. See the meeting agenda and briefing book materials for details. 

  1. Joint Coastal Migratory Pelagic Amendment 20B
  2. Coastal Migratory Pelagic Framework Amendment 1
  3. Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 21 
  4. CE-BA 3 


Dolphin Wahoo Committee Meeting

  • Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 7 - addresses provisions to allow fishermen to bring dolphin and wahoo fillets from the Bahamas into the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone as currently allowed for species in the snapper grouper management complex. 

  • Generic Accountability Measures and Dolphin Allocation Amendment - The amendment includes options to modify accountability measures for snapper grouper species and golden crab and address allocations of dolphin (commercial and recreational).

Snapper Grouper Committee Meeting

  • Regulatory Amendment 16 - Removal of Black Sea Bass Pot Closure - The committee will review the scoping comments and document and choose preferred alternatives.  Committee is scheduled to approve the amendment for public hearing in August 2014.

  • Regulatory Amendment 21 - Minimum Stock Size Threshold (MSST) - Includes management alternatives to consider changing the MSST definition to 75%SSBMSYfor snapper grouper species with low natural mortalities. The committee is scheduled to review the amendment for final approval at the March 2014 meeting.

  • Amendment 29 - ORCS and gray triggerfish - Outlines procedures for management of stocks with limited data (only reliable catch stocks) and alternatives for triggerfish management measures including commercial trip limits and size limits. Committee is scheduled to review the January 2014 public hearing comments and modify actions as necessary. Final approval is scheduled for June 2014.

Mackerel Committee Meeting

  • Joint SA/Gulf Mackerel Amendment 20B - establishes regional commercial annual catch limits (Northern Zone -NC north to NY and Southern Zone - SC, GA and Eastern FL) for Atlantic group king mackerel and Spanish mackerel and allows for transfer of the quota. Also addresses trip limits, fishing seasons, and transit provisions in the Gulf of Mexico, in addition to framework procedure and catch limits for cobia. The Council is scheduled to approve the amendment for Secretarial review and approval.

  • Coastal Migratory Pelagics (Mackerel) Framework Amendment 1 - The amendment will update the Annual Catch Limits for Atlantic group and Gulf group Spanish mackerel based on the recent stock assessment. The amendment is scheduled for final approval at the March 2014 Council meeting.


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