March 5-9, 2007 Council Meeting Jekyll Island, GA

Jekyll Island Club Hotel
371 Riverview Drive
Jekyll Island, GA 31527
(800) 535-9547 or (912) 635-2600

Tuesday, March 6 

4:30 p.m. -  Public Input Session - a general input session for public input regarding issues within the South Atlantic Council's area of jurisdiction.

6:00 p.m. -  Public Hearing for Mackerel Amendment 18 - Proposed reductions in total allowable catch (TAC) for king mackerel and Spanish mackerel, change in commercial trip limit for Spanish mackerel. Public Hearing Document (1 MB PDF) and Public Hearing Summary

6:30 p.m. -  Scoping Session on annual catch limits and accountability measures (addressing recent amendments to the MSFCMA) will be conducted by the NMFS. NOAA Media Advisory 

The scoping session will be followed by a listening session (conducted by the Council) to receive public input on revising NOAA procedures to integrate NEPA into the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSFCMA) as specified in the recent amendments to the Act.  NEPA Compliance Comments Section 107 Cover Letter  MSFMCA Section 107 Language




Agenda Items Include:
Snapper Grouper

Recommendations for size and configuration of Oculina Experimental Closed Area.
Review of public comment and final changes to Amendment 14 (MPAs) for approval at June 11-15, 2007 meeting.
Continue development of alternatives for Amendment 15.

Controlled Access
Report on Controlled Access Committee January 2007 meeting on the development of a Limited Access Privilege (LAP) program for the snapper grouper fishery (Amendment 16).

King and Spanish Mackerel
Amendment 18 - Public hearing on changes in Total Allowable Catch (TAC).
Amendment 16 - Development of public scoping document outlining issues for comment.

Habitat and Ecosystem-Based Management
Presentation on proposed Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) deepwater port off Ft. Lauderdale.
Review of draft Aquaculture Policy.
Approval of Deepwater Coral Research Plan.
Update on Fishery Ecosystem Plan (FEP) and FEP Comprehensive Amendment.