November 30 – December 5, 2008 Council Meeting

Hilton Wilmington Riverside
301 N. Water Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
888/324-8170 or 910/763-5900

Final Meeting Agenda (PDF)       Summary Motions (PDF)

Briefing Book Materials              Meeting Follow-Up News Release (Posted December 8, 2008)

Public Comment:

Informal Question and Answer Session - Monday, December 1, 2008 at 6:15 PM - join Council member Dr. Roy Crabtree, Regional Administrator with NOAA Fisheries (NMFS) and other Council members 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, December 4, 2008 at 4:15 PM.


Agenda Highlights

 Note:  Overviews for each committee meeting are included at the beginning of the briefing book materials for the week-long meeting.

Law Enforcement Advisory Panel: 
The Advisory Panel members will meet to review enforcement issues relative to the Comprehensive Ecosystem-Based Amendment that includes the establishment of deepwater coral Habitat Areas of Concern (HAPCs),  Snapper Grouper Amendment 17, enforcement of time/area closures, and other issues.

Snapper Grouper Committee:
Snapper Grouper Amendment 17 (Annual Catch Limits and Accountability Measures for species undergoing overfishing, including red snapper, etc.) - review management alternatives and approve for public hearings.

Interim Rule - consider implementation of interim measures to address overfishing for red snapper, including a closure for both recreational and commercial fisheries. The Committee will provide recommendations for the Council to consider.

King & Spanish Mackerel Committee: Review of recent king mackerel and Spanish mackerel stock assessments completed through the Southeast Data, Assessment, and Review (SEDAR) process and provide management recommendations.

Ecosystem-based Management Committee: Continue review of the Fishery Ecosystem Plan and the Comprehensive Ecosystem Amendment (addressing protection of deepwater coral areas), modify the documents as necessary, and approve for a second round of public hearings scheduled for January/February 2009; other items.