Public Hearing & Scoping Meetings – August 2014

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Public Hearings & Scoping Meetings - August 2014

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Meeting Schedule - Meeting Dates and Locations

All public hearings are scheduled from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

August 6 , 2014
Bay Watch Resort & Conference Center
2701 S. Ocean Boulevard
N. Myrtle Beach, SC 29582

August 7, 2014
The Crystal Coast Civic Center
3505 Arendell Street
Morehead City, NC 28557

August 11, 2014
Key West Marriott Beachside
3841 N. Roosevelt Boulevard
Key West, FL 33040

August 12, 2014
Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront
1550 North Atlantic Avenue
Cocoa Beach, FL  32931

August 13, 2014
Wyndham Jacksonville Riverwalk
​1515 Prudential Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32207

August 14, 2014
Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum
175 Bourne Avenue
Pooler, GA 31322

Amendment Overviews:

Scoping - 

  • Snapper Grouper Amendment 35 (removal of species-  This amendment is considering the removal of 4 species from the Snapper Grouper FMU:  black snapper, dog snapper, mahogany snapper, and schoolmaster.  
  • Snapper Grouper Amendment 36 (spawning Special Management Zones) - This amendment is considering a process to identify spawning 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.), and the placement of artificial reefs on appropriate bottom type within existing MPAs to target warsaw grouper, speckled hind, and other snapper grouper species.

Public Hearing - 

  • Generic Accountability Measures & Dolphin Allocation Amendment (accountability measures for species and dolphin allocations) - The amendment considers changes in accountability measures for snapper grouper species and golden crab to determine when ACL overages need to be paid back and to bring consistency to accountability measures; and considers changes in how dolphin is allocated between commercial and recreational sectors.  
  • Snapper Grouper Amendment 32 (blueline tilefish mangement measures) - The amendment has actions to remove blueline tilefish from the deepwater complex;  establish annual catch limits; a recreational Annual Catch Target (ACT); specify recreational and commercial Accountability Measures (AMs); establish a commercial trip limit; and adjust the recreational bag limit. 
  • Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 20 (snowy grouper management measures) - The amendment proposes to adjust the rebuilding strategy, acceptable biological Catch (ABC), annual catch limit (ACL), maximum sustainable yield (MSY), minimum stock size threshold (MSST), and optimum yield (OY), and revise management measures for snowy grouper.
  • Coastal Migratory Pelagics Framework Amendment 2 (Atlantic Spanish mackerel trip limits for Southern Zone) - The amendment will revise the quota and trip limit system for commercial harvest of Atlantic Spanish mackerel in the Southern Zone (which is proposed in Amendment 20B, and includes SC, GA and Florida East Coast.)
  • Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 7/Snapper Grouper Amendment 33 (transport of fillets from The Bahamas) - The amendment considers allowing recreational fishermen to bring dolphin and wahoo fillets from the Bahamas into the US EEZ as is currently allowed with snapper grouper species.  The amendment also addresses options related to modifying how fishermen may bring snapper grouper fillets back from The Bahamas into the U.S. EEZ.  

Meeting Materials: Amendment Documents & Presentations

Snapper Grouper Amendment 35

Snapper Grouper Amendment 36

Snapper Grouper Amendment 32

Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 20

Generic AM & Dolphin Allocation Amendment

CMP Framework Amendment 2

Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 7/ Snapper Grouper Amendment 33


Submitting Public Comment

Written comments are due by 5 p.m. on August 18, 2014 via:

  • E-mail - 
  • Fax - 843. 769.4520
  • Mail - Send written comments to Robert Mahood, Executive Director, SAFMC, 4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201, N. Charleston, SC  29405.

Q&A Webinar Schedule - Informational Webinars with Council Staff

Dates/Time: All webinars begin at 6 p.m.

Register To Participate:

July 28, 2014 -

July 29: Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 5

Webinar will cover: 

  • Snapper Grouper Amendment 36

July 29, 2014 - 

July 30: Coastal Migratory Pelagics Amendments 19, 20, and Framework

Webinar will cover:

  • Generic AM/Dolphin Allocation Amendment
  • Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 7/ Snapper Grouper Amendment 33
  • CMP Framework Amendment 2

July 30, 2014 -

July 29: Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 5

Webinar will cover:

  • Snapper Grouper Amendment 35
  • Snapper Grouper Amendment 32
  • Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 20

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.


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