Public Hearings & Scoping Meetings

How They Work

Scoping Meetings & Public Hearings are considered an important step in the management process because they give stakeholders an opportunity to,

  • Learn more about proposed actions and management measures being considered by the Council;
  • Speak with Council members and staff about the draft actions being considered, and
  • Give formal public comment on the record about their ideas and suggestions on the proposed measures.

Meetings

 

Helpful documents, presentations, and public comment forms will be available at the tabs below. Take a look if you'd like to learn more about each amendment and to provide your on-record comment.

 

Scoping Webinars: Shrimp Transit Provisions (Shrimp Amendment 11)

The draft amendment proposes modifications to current transit provisions during cold-weather closures of the fishery.

November 5 & 7, 2019

Webinar Registration:

The webinars will begin at 7 PM. Registration is required:

 

Helpful Documents & Presentations: 

 

Public Comment:

The online public comment form will be open from noon on October 22, 2019 to 5 PM on November 8, 2019.

 

Public Hearing Webinars:  Modifications to Commercial Southern Zone King Mackerel Season 2 Trip Limits (Coastal Migratory Pelagics Framework Amendment 8)

The draft amendment currently addresses commercial king mackerel trip limits in the Atlantic southern zone (North Carolina/South Carolina line to the Miami-Dade/Monroe County, Florida boundary) during season two (October 1stto the end of February).

October 29 & 30, 2019

Webinar Registration:

The webinars will begin at 5 PM. Registration is required:

Helpful Documents & Presentations:

Public Comment:

The online public comment form will be open at noon on October 15, 2019 to 5 PM on October 31, 2019.

 

Scoping Webinars: Designating Additional Special Management Zones in NC & SC (Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 34)

The draft regulatory amendment contains proposed actions to:

  • Establish 30 Special Management Zones at permitted artificial reef sites in federal waters off the coast of North Carolina. Within the SMZs, harvest of snapper grouper species would be allowed with handline, rod and reel, and spear. All harvest by spear would be limited to the applicable recreational bag limit.
  • Establish four additional SMZs at permitted artificial reef sites in federal waters off the coast of South Carolina. Within the SMZs, harvest of snapper grouper species would only be allowed with handline, rod and reel, and spear (without powerheads) and harvest would be limited to the applicable recreational bag limit.

October 28 - 30, 2019

Webinar Registration:

The webinars will begin at 6 PM. Registration is required:

Helpful Documents & Presentations: 

Public Comment:

The online public comment form will be open at noon on Oct 15, 2019 to 5 PM on Nov 1, 2019.

You can attend the scoping sessions in-person at the following locations. All meetings will begin at 6 PM with a webinar presentation from Council staff, a Q&A session, and an opportunity for public comment.

Monday, Oct 28, 2019    

  • Dare County Administration Building 954 Marshall Collins Dr. (Commissioners Meeting Room)Manteo, NC 27954; Phone: (252) 475-5555

 

Tuesday, Oct 29, 2019

  • N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries Central District Office5285 Highway 70WestMorehead City, NC 28557; Phone: (252) 726-7021

 

Wednesday, Oct 30, 2019

  • N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries Southern District Office127 Cardinal Drive ExtensionWilmington, NC 28405; Phone: (910) 796-7215

 

 

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