May 13, 2013 – Special Webinar Council Meeting

Special Webinar Council Meeting

May 13, 2013

Overview: The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold a special webinar meeting in order to address Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 19 (black sea bass) as well as the Proposed Rule for Gulf Council Permit Transfer and Renewal Requirements. The Council will take action as necessary.  The Council will also hold a public comment session via webinar.

DATE/TIME: The Council meeting will be held via webinar from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Monday, May 13, 2013.

Webinar Registration: Click the link to register for the webinar - Monday, May 13 - 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Meeting Materials:      Agenda     Briefing Book Materials  (posted 4/26; updated 5/2; updated 5/10 and 5/12; updated 5/13)

Summary Motions  (posted 5/17)

NOTE: Educational Q&A Session via Webinar: Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 19 

  • Date: May 6, 2013
  • Time: 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Purpose: To provide information to the public about the actions proposed in Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 19 and to provide an informal setting for the public to ask Council staff questions about the amendment. PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS NOT A FORMAL PUBLIC COMMENT SESSION. See information below on how to submit written public comment.
  • Webinar Materials: SG Regulatory Amendment 19 Document   SG Regulatory Amendment 19 Presentation (PDF)
  • WEBINAR FORMAT: Council staff will provide a powerpoint presentation providing an overview of Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 19. Following the presentation, participants can take turns asking questions to Council staff by using the "raise hand" feature on the webinar. The Q&A session will be moderated by Council staff to allow for an informal discussion between staff and participants. PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS NOT A FORMAL PUBLIC COMMENT SESSION. See information below on how to submit written public comment.


    Registration for the webinar is required to participate. Registered participants will be sent a confirmation e-mail with instructions on how to access the webinar.

    Once registered, participants have the option to log-in to the webinar and listen in via their computer mic and speakers or they can use the phone number provided in the confirmation e-mail to call in to the webinar to listen to the presentation and Q&A session.

REGISTER by clicking the Register Now button below: 



How to Give Public Comment: 

  1. The Council will accept public comment during the webinar on May 13 2013 - see below for information on public comment during the webinar.
  2. Written public comment will be accepted through 5pm on May 10th and can be submitted via mail, fax or e-mail to the following:
    • Mail: Bob Mahood, Executive Director, SAFMC, 4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201, North Charleston, SC  29405
    • Fax:  843.769.4520
    • E-mail:  


Items for Discussion During May 13 Webinar: 

  • Public comment will be accepted on Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 19 and the Proposed Rule to address Permit Transfer and Renewal Requirements for Gulf of Mexico For-Hire Permits. Individuals wishing to comment verbally must use the question feature (box) on the webinar control panel to indicate their desire to speak. This must be done by 1:15 p.m. (The webinar page will be available from 12 noon until 1:15 p.m. on May 13, 2013 for individuals to register their desire to comment verbally.) At 1:15 p.m., the Chairman will begin the public comment period by calling on those individuals that registered using the webinar control panel question feature.
  • Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 19
    Council will:

    • Receive an update on the Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) review and recommendations of the 2013 stock assessment update for black sea bass.
    • Receive an overview and a summary of public comments pertaining to Regulatory Amendment 19.  This amendment proposes changes in Annual Catch Limits (ACLs), Annual Catch Targets (ACTs), and the Allowable Biological Catch (ABC) for black sea bass.
    • Discuss the amendment, modify it as appropriate, select preferred alternatives, deem the codified text as necessary, and approve Regulatory Amendment 19 for formal Secretarial review.
  • Gulf Council Permit Transfer and Renewal Requirements
    Council will:

    • Receive an overview of the Proposed Rule to address permit transfer and renewal requirement for Gulf of Mexico for-hire permits only.  This action would revise current transfer restrictions and would allow a for-hire vessel to maintain greater capacity for non-fishing activities. While fishing, however, the passenger capacity listed on the for-hire permit (based on the passenger capacity of the vessel when the permit was issued) remains restricted to the permit. Additionally, the vessel would no longer need to submit a Certificate of Inspection documentation for renewal.
    • Discuss and approve the Proposed Rule.