March 2015 – Council Meeting

March 2-6, 2015

The King and Prince Resort

201 Arnold Road

St. Simons Island, GA 31522

Phone: 1-800-342-0212 or 912-638-3631

Meeting Agenda (posted 2/10)

Briefing Book Materials (posted 2/13)

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Monday, March 2 Tuesday, March 3
Wednesday, March 4 Thursday, March 5
Friday, March 6  

Schedule At-A-Glance:

{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, March 2

9:00 am - 12:00 pm Council Member Visioning Workshop
                                      -- Concurrent Sessions --
1:30 pm - 5:30 pm Joint Habitat & Environmental Protection and Ecosystem-Based Management Committee
1:30 pm - 5:30 pm Law Enforcement Advisory Panel

Tuesday, March 3

8:30 am - 9:00 am SEDAR Committee (partially closed session)
9:00 am - 9:30 am SSC Selection Committee
9:30 am - 10:30 am Protected Resources Committee
10:30 am - 12:00 pm Spiny Lobster Committee
1:30 pm - 5:00 pm Snapper Grouper Committee

Wednesday, March 4

8:30 am - 5:30 pm Snapper Grouper Committee
5:30 pm  Informal Public Q & A Session

Thursday, March 5

8:30 am - 12:00 pm Mackerel Committee
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Executive Finance Committee
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Golden Crab Committee
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Data Collection Committee
5:30 pm Formal Public Comment

Friday, March 6

8:30 am - 1:30 pm ~Council Session~

FINAL COMMITTEE REPORTS: (will be posted once the meeting  concludes)




FINAL Summary Motions (posted 3/31)


Wednesday, March 4 at 5:30 PM - Informal Question & Answer Session
Led by NOAA Fisheries Regional Administrator Dr. Roy Crabtree and Council Chairman Ben Hartig.

Thursday, March 5 at 5:30 PM - Public Comment
Formal public comment accepted on meeting agenda items. See the meeting agenda and briefing book materials for details. 


Snapper Grouper Committee Meeting

  • Amendment 35 - (removal of species & golden tilefish endorsements) - The amendment proposes to remove black snapper, dog snapper, mahogany snapper, and schoolmaster from the Snapper Grouper Fishery Management Unit. A second action in the amendment addresses issues with commercial golden tilefish longline endorsementsThe committee will review public hearing comments and continue development of the amendment.
  • Regulatory Amendment 16 - (black sea bass pot closure) - The amendment proposes actions to address the prohibition on the use of black sea bass pots. Alternatives include time and spatial changes to the current seasonal prohibition and an action to consider potential new black sea bass pot gear modifications The committee will continue to review analyses and, if appropriate, select preferred alternatives.
  • Amendment 36 - (spawning Special Management Zones) The amendment will specify a process for identifying spawning sites/aggregations for snapper grouper species, including speckled hind and warsaw grouper, based on the characteristics of sites important for spawning (bottom topography, current systems, etc.).  Spawning SMZs would only consider prohibiting fishing for and/or possession of snapper grouper species (species in the snapper grouper fishery management unit); fishing for all other species would be allowed.  The amendment would also revise the boundary of the Charleston Deep Reef MPA, and include an action to address transit and anchoring provisions within newly designated Spawning SMZs.  The Council is scheduled to approve the amendment for public hearings to be held via webinar in the April/May of 2015.
  • Blueline Tilefish Concerns - The committee will also discuss the increase in landings of blueline tilefish reported north of North Carolina and Council may request emergency actions to address concerns.

Other Items

  • Joint Coastal Migratory Pelagics (Mackerel) Amendment 26 - (king mackerel management measures) - The amendment proposes actions to update annual catch limits, modify the stock boundary, update commercial quotas, revise sector allocations, and provisions for bag limit sales in the shark drift gillnet fishery. The committee will review public scoping comments and continue development of the amendment.
  • Data Collection Committee - The committee will receive updates on the status of the implementation plan for commercial logbook electronic reporting and the development of a joint amendment to implement electronic logbook reporting for charter boats in the South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. 
  • Law Enforcement Advisory Panel - The AP will meet to provide input on proposed management measures and use of remote sensing as a tool to monitor Marine Protected Area compliance. 

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